As a parent of a young child, I embrace practically every “Hallmark” holiday now and look for any excuse to turn an ordinary day into something extra-special. I learned in Parents Magazine that Wednesday, November 2 is Cookie Monster’s birthday and quickly added that to our jam-packed family calendar.
Who doesn’t love celebrating birthdays, and especially for someone who has brought so much happiness, joy and laughter into our lives over the years. Familiar to generations of Sesame Street watchers, Cookie Monster is remembered for his gluttony and his distinctive voice. As a chocolate chip cookie lover, cookies have an extra sweet spot in our family. In fact, we did a “milk & cookies” themed first birthday party for my son’s playgroup last year.
Cookie Monster is a Muppet on the children’s television show Sesame Street who is best known for his voracious appetite and his famous eating phrases: “Me want cookie!”, “Me eat cookie!”, and “Om nom nom nom” (said through a mouth full of food). Chocolate chip cookies are his favorite kind; oatmeal cookies are his second favorite. In a song in 2004, Cookie Monster revealed that, before he ate his first cookie, he believes his name was Sid. Showing awareness of healthy eating habits for children, since 2006 he has said that cookies are “a sometime snack” and that he also likes fruits and eggplant. In a June 19, 2008, appearance on The Colbert Report, Cookie Monster again explained that “Cookies are a sometimes food.” Colbert had asked agitatedly why Cookie Monster had “abandoned the pro-cookie agenda” and thus caused fruit to become the favorite snack of American children, according to a study Colbert had heard. Colbert criticized Cookie Monster for not wearing a cookie lapel pin. Cookie Monster also claimed to have “crazy times during the ’70s and ’80s”, referring to himself as “the Robert Downey, Jr. of cookies.
All the cool people have Facebook accounts, even Cookie Monster who created his page on November 24, 2010 as part of a campaign to host Saturday Night Live.
Happy, happy birthday, Cookie Monster! May you enjoy lots of cookie cakes today! Maybe next year we can help you celebrate your birthday at Sesame Place!
You and your loved ones can learn more about the birthday boy at www.sesamestreet.org/muppets/cookie-monster