Where's Ernie?

by Tina Blue
February 9, 2002

    When I had my home daycare I used to startle and amuse my charges by doing pretty good vocal imitations of Sesame Street characters, Micky Mouse, and others of their favorite cartoon or puppet figures.

    One day I was holding on my lap a 3 1/2-yr-old girl that we called Bethie. I said, in the voice of Ernie from Sesame Street, "Hello, ol' buddy Beth!"

    Bethie gasped and exclaimed, "Tina!  Where's Ernie?"

    "Where do you think he is?" I asked.

    Her eyes got really wide.  She pointed to my throat and said, "In there?"

    Who knows--maybe she thought I had swallowed him!

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