kid of the 80's

You know you’re a kid of the 70’s and 80’s when …

you see a frog and exclaim

“It’s KERMIT!”

(c) Jim Henson / Disney

(c) Jim Henson / Disney

Sesame Street and The Muppets dominated TV screens in the 70’s and 80’s. Kermit related to kids in a way that brought the voice of children out through his conversations with them on Sesame Street. He was also the frog on the street – reporting the news, regardless how ridiculous. He grew into a star and from there it was inevitable he would go on to bigger things.

He became the host of the Muppet Show – a regular weekly family event in our home growing up. Guest stars clamored to be a part of the Muppet show and Kermit was the star (despite anything Miss Piggy may say!).

Then came that movie, and more importantly THAT song … you know the one … I know you do! (no – not m’nah m’nah … the OTHER song)

Rainbow Connection. I don’t know about your country, but in New Zealand that song made our billboards charts and was an absolute hit. We had to learn it in school every year until the song was burned into our subconscious. I can still hum it words ‘n all – all these years later.

Kermit has become a timeless character despite the passing of his creator Jim Henson. With a recent movie a new generation is discovering who Kermit is. My children know and love him just as I did. And … when I see a frog and exclaim ” It’s Kermit!” they laugh knowing exactly who I am referring to. I wonder what Jim would think about the timelessness of the puppet he breathed life into so long ago as Kermit hops from strength to strength.

What was your favorite Kermit moment growing up?

Useless Trivia: Kermit’s middle name is ‘the’. Now you know! 😉

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