When Jack Met Elmo: A Bromantic Comedy

17 months.

It all started when my wife Jill made up a bedtime song for Jack, which featured that famous furry red monster on Jack’s diaper.

From there, Jack  started asking for Elmo by name; though his pronounced version sounded more like “M’elmo.”

Jack has a plush alien toy that he halfway assumed was Elmo (featured above), but I wasn’t able to put that off very long. Once that proved to be a bust, Jack started falling asleep  in his crib while holding an Elmo diaper; the kind featured below.

Plus, whenever he saw a pictures of frogs in a book, though he knew the actual word frog, he started citing them, “Elmo?”

We decided it was time to buy him a small, simple, licensed Elmo doll. But actually finding one proved to be as about as difficult as finding a Tickle Me Elmo during the Christmas of 1996.

You would think finding a simply plush Elmo doll under 10 bucks would be pretty easy. Nope.

Last Sunday afternoon we travelled to Walmart, Babies “R” Us, and Target. While they did have the 9 inch tall Grover as well as some yellow mohawked version of Telly for $7.99, none of the stores had Elmo!

Thanks to Amazon.com, Jill was able to find Elmo for double the proper price, by the time shipping was thrown in.

I’ll go ahead and say it: We became “those parents” during the three days it to took for Elmo to arrive.

It was the kind of material that would have made for yet another clever episode of the flawless TV show, Up All Night.

Throughout the Elmo anticipation, Jill would text me updates on where Elmo was at that moment:

Jill: “The tracking # shows Elmo is leaving Sarasota today!”

Me: “Wow! That’s great news. Can’t wait to see Jack’s reaction…”

I kept reminding myself of the possible reality that when the “real Elmo” finally arrived, Jack might not be that impressed.

Well, it’s only been a few days since the moment Jack officially met Elmo (featured right) and I think it’s safe to say that we made a solid $15 investment.

After all, Elmo already has a spaghetti sauce stain on his eyes. Jack has to be holding Elmo at all times in the car, during meals, and in his crib.

So, how will Jack and Elmo’s bromantic friendship flourish? Well, just keep an eye on how many pictures in upcoming Dadabase posts feature Elmo somewhere in view.

That’s how we’ll know.

At this point, I don’t believe Jack really understands why he’s supposed to love Elmo so much; but if for no other reason than to appease his hip parents.

He just goes along with it.


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  1. by CaliCat

    On May 2, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    My nephew used to call Elmo “ammo,” which was funny because his dad is ex-Marine. :)

  2. by mary

    On May 2, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    My daughter will be 3 in July and she has been obsessed with Elmo since she was about 18mos. She has the plush Elmo’s, had an Elmo themed 2nd birthday party and has Elmo overalls. Though, as of late she has taken a serious liking to Ernie.

  3. by Michelle

    On May 29, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Oh my goodness! My kid did the exact same thing. I knew it was time to go buy him an elmo stuffy when he started carting a diaper around the house. And then I realized how kids end up with fifty million items featuring a certain cartoon. EVerytime Z passes an Elmo he gets so excited which makes me so happy that I buy it for him. So he now has Elmo PJs, an Elmo doll, a singing alphabet and his Grandma has a couple other Elmo things packed away for his birthday. Something about that furry monster!

  4. by Nick Shell

    On May 29, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    That’s funny. I guess it’s a marketing strategy that works; thanks to the diapers!