Today we had the encounter of a lifetime.  We went down to the Milwaukee Public Library auditorium to see Kevin Clash, the creator of Elmo!

The encounter of a lifetime!

The encounter of a lifetime!

Yesterday, the MPTV representative called to tell me that Drue’s question was selected by Kevin Clash to be answered on stage by Elmo.  Her question was “Are there fake Elmos, like there are fake Santas and Easterbunnies at the mall?”  The lady told me we would have reserved seats, which was a nice thing to hear since the event was general admission!  We could never imagined, though, that our seats would be in the very first row!

When he came out on stage, he walked out with a black duffel bag.  He introduced himself, then went over and unzipped the bag.  A second later, Elmo was alive on his arm!

The kids went ballistic, and to be honest, so did many of the adults. He engaged the audience immediately and sang the Sesame Street theme song as well as “Elmo’s Song,” which he modified to include the names of some kids in the audience.  It was so cute to see kids interact with Elmo.

When it came time to answer the questions, he came down to the audience.  When he approached Drue, she panicked a little and her question came out:  “Are you fake like Santa and the Easterbunny?”  He cracked up!!!  He repeated her question in his microphone, then Elmo said “But Santa’s REAL!”  It was quite hilarious.  Drue was embarrassed, however, and got a little teary-eyed after the show ended.  I assured her that the question was funny and that he really got a kick out of it.  She recovered quickly when she realized we were going to get his autograph!

Our tickets came with wristbands that got us into a book signing reception.  I was surprised to see refreshments, including Elmo cupcakes!  I can’t believe the value – under $20 per person for the ticket, a copy of Clash’s book “My Life as a Furry Red Monster” and the reception.  We waited in a long line to get our book signed and have some photo opps.  I was very impressed at the amount of time he spent with each family… He didn’t rush it at all and was very generous with the pictures.

I was as excited as the kids, I think...

I was as excited as the kids, I think...

Drue said “Elmo, I want you to meet Elmo…”  and held up her love-battered Elmo doll.  The real Elmo must have misunderstood her.  He started to EAT her Elmo.  The kids were overjoyed.

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