One of my greatest joys is being the grandfather to these two sweet little girls by the name of Charli and Kori.
Just the thought of those little ladies brings a smile to my face and floods my heart with joy.
Yes, they bring me joy!
Koriana and I were sitting together in my recliner the other day watching Sesame Street.
Kori was sitting comfortably between me and the over-stuffed arm of my chair as we watched Elmo, Grover, Cookie Monster and Big Bird going through their day on this fictional street that has been a part of the American landscape for more than 40 years.
Kori had finished her bottle of juice and I was thinking, "She sure is enjoying this show," because she was sitting so quietly. I assumed she was really transfixed by the bright colors and high voices and the fuzzy looking Muppets.
Then I realized she was asleep. I'm not sure how long she had been snoozing, because I had been transfixed by the bright colors and high voices and the fuzzy looking Muppets.
I had been sitting there watching Sesame Street by myself while my granddaughter slept by my side. And I didn't mind it one bit.
I found that TV show to be such a nice break from my regular daily diet of watching nearly non-stop news coverage on Fox News and CNN.
I have really enjoyed watching some of these children's shows on the Sprout Network, or the Disney Channel, or Nickelodeon. In fact, I find myself getting involved in those programs long after Kori and Charli have lost interest or have dozed off.
The other day, I was home alone and I decided to take a break from my sermon preparation. I turned on the TV and wondered if I could find Sesame Street on at that time of the day.
My granddaughters weren't there with me but I wanted to see how Oscar the Grouch and Mr. Snuffleupagus were doing.
I was wondering if Ernie and Abby Cadabby and Kermit the Frog were doing alright.
I had heard all I wanted to about the election and the candidates, and I just wanted to watch something colorful and magical and lighthearted. But, much to my chagrin, Elmo and the gang weren't on right then.
My children are all adults now, and it has been a long time since I have watched children's entertainment with them. But, now I am a grandfather, and I get to watch those wonderful types of shows all over again.
There are so many new shows now that weren't around when my kids were little or especially when I was little.
I really do enjoy being a grandfather and all that goes with it. I am waiting right now to go and pick up Kori from her daddy in a little while, and I am counting the minutes.
When the girls aren't here I sure do miss them, and I miss Elmo and Big Bird too.
-- Doug Dezotell is the pastor of Mt. Lebanon UMC and Cannon UMC. He is a former staff writer for the Times-Gazette, and he is a husband, a father, a grandfather, and a friend to many. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.