Saturday, July 22, 2006

Super Grover


This is the second incarnation of Grover, my bestest toy friend. Years ago when I was really, really small I got a birthday card with Super Grover on it wishing me a happy birthday. His silver knight's helmet and red cape coupled with that big pink nose and big red mouth somehow agreed with me and from then on Grover was my favourite Sesame Street muppet. Whether he was the bumbling super hero or the waiter from hell, Grover was king!

"I'm SUP-PER Grover! And I'm cute too." What a catch phase.

My Grandmother bought me a big Grover many years ago and he became my favourite friend. When I went away to uni I left Grover behind, thinking it was time to grow up. However, after about a year, I thought better of it and brought him back to live with me.

Then I had another phase where I thought it was best to let go of childish things. This time I was a bit more dire and when I changed my mind, I couldn't recover my beloved Grover:(

This Grover I found in one of those cheap stores where everything is about $2 (Crazy Clark's for us Aussies). He was on the floor looking up at me smiling - I knew straight away Grover had forgiven me and had returned, albeit in a slighter frame.

He's with me to this day and I'll not go through any more of these silly phases of "growing up".


21 comments:

carli said...

Grover is the best!!! I'm so happy to have come of age in a time before Elmo. He looks very cozy. He has a good home, I'm sure.

I just wrote about Australia at work today. You, with your 6 states, and Great Barrier Reef and 10 sheep for every person. Go on with your bad Aussie self.

Michele sent me.

Carmi said...

Grover was always my favorite. He had all the charm of Elmo, but without the overly childish patina.

What I wouldn't give to have a piece of the stuffed Grover from my own childhood. He helped me when I had to stay in the hospital, and brought comfort when the world seemed like a big, bad place.

Sandy said...

Growing up is overrated. My mother has done a lot of wonderful things for me - one of the best has been saving bits and pieces of my childhood. My daughter now lugs around my old dolls. I love it.

Michele sent me over to remember such treasure. Congrats on reconnecting with your old friend.

Merlyn Gabriel said...

Awwww I love Grover!!!! My brother had a kermit doll and we played for HOURS with him. Seasame Street was one of those things we discovered after immigrating from the UK to Canada. I still remember the wonder of watching the show and it is so engrained in me that I still make references to it that Marcus doesn't get because it is not part of his upbringing.

I am so glad Grover found you again! But really truly awesome friends will do that when you least expect it!

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David said...

hello from michele

Florence said...

Hi Carli, thanks for stopping by:) Australia also has two territories, the Northern Territory (NT) and the (ACT) Australian Capital Territory where the captial Canberra is (I went to Uni there). Our bad convict selves will be rockin' on! Or as we've been saying ever since the 2000 olimpics - Go You Good Thing!

Hi Carmi, Grover goes with me when I travel and he always helps me feel better about the world. I too thought that Elmo had usurpt Grover and was too cute, but he is for the younger generation.

Sandy, Thanks for saying hello. Its good to be able to pass the good things on:)

Merly, I can't imagine not knowing the Muppets or Sesame Street. I feel terribly sorry for Marcus. Your brother sounds like an interesting fellow. 123 4 5 67 8910 11 1222222!
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rashbre said...

Great to find a long lost friend. And as for that growing up thing. There is nothing wrong with some inner child.

Here today via Michele's!

rashbre

Tim said...

Hmm, I don't remember having a favorite as a lil one but always got a kick out of the cookie monster.

Growing up is overrated because its misunderstood. Growing up doesn't have to mean letting go of those things. They are a part of what makes you who you are.

rashbre said...

And Florence - I'm sure the holyhoses site will eventually put up its post about doughnuts! No deliberate mind game intended on this occasion...Other than doing the twin thing ;-)

rashbre

rashbre said...

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Jean-Luc Picard said...

'Growing up' is not something we want to do; we all enjoy things as they are!

Florence said...

Tim, Thanks for dropping by! Your right these thing do make us who we are.

Rashbre, I have traced the new doughnut:)

Jean-Luc, I agree. Its good to know I'm not alone;D

Merlyn Gabriel said...

I never grew up, I just got wiser! :)

A Army Of (Cl)One said...

Let me know if come across a small yellow wdragon with RT on his chest, last seen in the a 6 inch red and white bear named DJ. They went to the for milk about 27 years ago and have never called home.

Florence said...

Merly, ah! wiser...

Army of (cl)one, I'll keep an eye out for them. I hope you have since found some other friends to keep you company:)

bobealia said...

SUPER GROVER!!! It's a bird, it's a plane, it's SUPER GROVER!!! I really liked Snuffalupagus (not sure how it's spelled). Oh, and Ernie for some reason.

Ramona said...

And does anyonee remember that great little golden book called 'The Monster at the End of this Book starring the loveable Furry Old Grover'? - a classic!

Florence said...

Bobealia, Super Grover Rocks!! so does Ernie:D

Romona, thanks for dropping by:) Yes of course I remember that book!! Its one of my favourites. The ending IS excellent:D

Pearl said...

Oh, thanks for reminding me of Grover. Glad you found another.

I could remember his voice but had forgotten his super grover catch phrase. :)

kenju said...

Florence, I have a Grover and a Cookie Monster from 1972 - bought when my younger daughter was born, as well as a Curious George that is a little older than the others. I love having them around - but I have to guard them from the grandchildren - who used to like to throw them around the house. Maybe I'll photograph them and put them on my blog.

Florence said...

Pearl, thanks for dropping by :)

Kenju, my sister was given Cookie Monster. Its great to here about what others had as children and still do :) Its really great of you to stop by.