I am so excited to have found this video on YouTube. I loved this cartoon from my Sesame Street/Electric Company years, and my brother and I can still make each other laugh reciting the girl’s shopping list. But I have never come across anyone else who remembers it. Despite many years of reminiscing about the TV world of my youth.
Seeing it again for the first time since I was very small, I’m amazed at the excellent animation — the mother’s hands, the constant motion of the little girl, the Oz-like mother in the thought bubble, the sparseness of the scenery. It’s very Ezra Jack Keats-ian in its use of texture, but unique in its messy sparseness. I love how the girl is instantly transported back to her house after her mission is complete. I love the blank food products with the filling-in names. I love it all over again. The only difference is now I get to share it with all of you!
As an interesting side-note, it seems like a few different people have told me very recently about some study (studies?) that was done that tests people’s memories and shows that most people hardly remember the full story about “things that happen.” Instead what we actually do is remember a few key details and fill in the blanks for everything else, thus creating what seems like a full memory but in fact is not.
In my world, I’m known as a person with fairly strong memory faculties. And yet, here I find an example of my own revisionist memory. I could swear this grocery list was “A loaf of bread; a bottle of milk; and a stick of butter.” I was sure that was what it said, such that I always thought it nostalgic that it was a bottle of milk rather than the more familiar carton. But! I totally made it up! What the hell? At what point did I revise that memory? Age 7? Where would I get bottle from? We weren’t drinking milk out of bottles then — it was the 70s!
Isn’t that weird? I think that’s weird.
Happy Friday everyone! Have a great weekend!