Elmo’s Girlfriend, Katy Perry

I’ve been making an effort to make sure the kids know who is singing on the radio. Rose will proudly walk around spouting her love for Bruno Mars. Lily goes on and on about how she just loves Train and Neon Trees. It’s worlds apart from me sitting in my fifth grade class filling out a survey about my “favorites” and being humiliated that I could not name one current band. My friend Jill told me I should put New Kids on the Block, so I did. Based on that statement, can you tell what year it was?

We were watching Katy Perry’s “Hot N Cold” video and Lily turned to me all serious, “Hey, I know her!”

“Oh yeah?” I said.

“Isn’t she the girl who wants to play dress up with Elmo?” Lily said.

Yes. Yes, she is.

And yes, I let my kids watch that allegedly racy video that Sesame Street pulled because parents were complaining Katy Perry’s shirt was too-low cut. My girls see way more boob than that every single day since I’m nursing Violet.

It cracks me up that Lily thinks of one of today’s biggest, most dramatic pop stars as a girl who plays dress up with Elmo (in a banned video, no less).


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