Saying Goodbye To Arthur

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The year is 2003, the day Thursday. I am 9-years-old. I’ve already spent the morning watching PBS Kids & finishing schoolwork. Now I’m on my way to the library. I know I’ll be leaving with at least one Arthur book in my tote bag. The hardcovers are my favorite!

The year is 2022, the day Monday. I am 28-years-old. I’m eating a mix of three cereals & watching the Arthur marathon on PBS Kids. In two hours, one of my favorite childhood shows will air it’s final four episodes. I’m not ready to say goodbye.

What can I say about an aardvark that’s been in my life for more than two decades? I was one month away from turning three when the show premiered. I may not have been watching on that very day, but it wasn’t long before I was checking out Arthur books from the library & watching the show on TV. I didn’t have “fancy cable” until I moved to Texas at the age of nine so PBS Kids was my Disney Channel for almost a decade. I wouldn’t change a thing about that experience because Arthur & his fellow PBS shows fueled my love for reading & learning. You cannot count on one hand how many episodes featured books & libraries & reading; it’s impossible! For that, I will forever be grateful. Thank you Marc Brown! Thank you cast & crew! Thank you PBS Kids!

This chapter of my childhood has closed, but I’m so excited for the next generations to experience this show in new ways. I just know they’re going to fall in love with this beloved aardvark and all of his friends. Goodbye Arthur! Thank you for everything. 💛

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Every day when you’re walking down the street

And everybody that you meet

Has an original point of view

And I say hey! (Hey!)

What a wonderful kind of day

If you can learn to work and play

And get along with each other, hey

You got to listen to your heart

Listen to the beat, listen to the rhythm

The rhythm of the street

Open up your eyes, open up your ears

Get together and make things better

By working together

It’s a simple message

And it comes from the heart

Oh, believe in yourself (Believe in yourself)

For that’s the place to start (Place to start)

And I say hey! (Hey!)

What a wonderful kind of day

If we can learn to work and play

And get along with each other (Hey!)

What a wonderful kind of day (Hey!)

What a wonderful kind of day (Hey!)

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