|Hayden's 4th Birthday|
|A young Hayden with some of the Sesame crew-- original Grover in the middle|
|The original nose on the left vs the fleece nose on the right|
|Grover-Noodles with his umpteenth (& last) nose. The final transplant made possible by Grover the puppet.|
Grover-Noodles has had many notable adventures. From winters playing in the snow with Hayden to places he traveled on vacation with us. One year Noodles even swam in Lake Lenape and had to go in the washing machine (which unfortunately his mouth never quite recovered from, and he was left with a permanent Elvis lip). Mouth and nose aside, he also had lots of repairs including openings around the top of his legs, as well as cosmetic restoration to the pupils of his eyes... and other minor procedures over the years. Sometimes Hayden got very nervous and couldn't watch, and other times he supervised me to the point that I could barely handle the pressure.
|Grover-Noodles, the last time any of us saw him, in the kitchen garbage|
Interestingly, Sesame Street released a special just recently to help young children feel a sense of normalcy during such an unprecedented and abnormal time. It's about a half hour long and features Elmo having virtual playdates with friends, and is just like the view that Hayden has of people who used to come to our home. We recorded it and he has watched this particular show almost every day since it aired, which was actually four days after Noodles was laid to rest-- although technically one day before the garbage men actually took him away.
I will tell you one thing-- Hayden deciding to let go of Grover-Noodles once and for all... right now, during this time... of all the times that he could have possibly done this... I damn near felt like I needed to rescue Noodles myself.
This will definitely be a profound memory for us during this pandemic. I wonder who he will turn to for comfort next?
Farewell, Noodles-- you were so very loved by our guy!