I worked in children's programming for so many years that I think that it might have permanently damaged me. Here a few examples from the past few days that probably illustrate this!
- I was thinking about a children's networking event that I went to when someone showed their promo video for summer camp. They did it in an old-fashioned b&w movie style for their Super Heroes In Training camp. They had shortened this to an acrostic and every time it flashed through the screen (several times!) I got the giggles. What grade four or five boy wouldn't have the same thing happen to him? It still makes me giggle thinking about a summer camp like that.
- I was buying groceries the other day and decided that I was going to be bad and buy Honey Nut Cheerioes and eat them on a weekday instead of a Sunday morning-the only day we were allowed 'naughty' cereals growing up. (I guess you aren't all that bad when you think that cereal is pushing the limits!) It made me feel rebellious and carefree. I am only 32 and have been living on my own for how many years?
- Every time I hear the "Zaccheus was a wee little man" song, I can't take it seriously. If you've ever been around 4 year old boys for any period of time, you'll be ruined for this song.
I don't know if there's much hope for me. If you hang around too many boys in children's programming, there might not be too much hope for you either!