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Quiz 2.22 – All This Time Sesame Street’s Big Bird And Plaza Sésamo’s Abelardo Were Primos, How Did I Not Know This?

Quiz 2.22 – All This Time Sesame Street’s Big Bird And Plaza Sésamo’s Abelardo Were Primos, How Did I Not Know This?

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Everybody’s favorite big birds, Big Bird and Abelardo, came together in a really sweet way this past weekend, melting the hearts of fans on both sides of the US-Mexico border.

Abelardo, the beloved giant parrot from Plaza Sésamo, visited his primo BIg Bird in Los Angeles and the two shared their time together all over social media and people, present company included, are freaking out. Seriously, it was so cute and we are so happy they got to spend time together. Family is everything.

I mean it all makes sense now. Looking back I don’t know how I didn’t connect the dots…

This cuteness overload all started when Abelardo announced that he’d be traveling to LA to visit his cousin Big Bird.

Abelardo took to his new Twitter account to announce his trip and seek some advice on what he should bring his cousin back in LA. Too freakin cute!

Albergado documented his trip as part of a publicity campaign in partnership with Mexican airline Aeromexico.

The cuteness factor leveled up times 10 once the primos were reunited in LA.

For real though. These cousins know how to have a good time together and we’re so happy for them. Once Abelardo and Big Bird hit the road, the real fun began.

Big Bird showed Abelardo all the top LA spots: they took photos in front of the Hollywood Sign, visited Big Bird’s star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, went on a search for the best birdseed milkshakes in all of LA, and even braved traffic to hit the beach.

Like it literally started with a happy dance!

I mean who knows how long it had been since the primos were together so we can totally understand just how happy the two must of been to see each other.

It was beautiful to see this positive message about family and unity in the times we’re living in.

These primos were full of excitement and love for another and we can’t think of a better message to share with kids, especially Latino ones, at a time when hatred towards Latinos is a threat to our lives.

Sure they’re just fictional characters but don’t underestimate the power of representation on TV. I mean just remember back to when you watched these programs as a kid and try and tell me they didn’t have an impact on you.

For many of us who grew up watching both Sesame Street and Plaza Sésamo, it was awesome to see the two come together.

Sesame Street aired on PBS while Univision was home to Plaza Sésamo in the US – which means many of us grew up watching both versions of the show. That, for many, made this reunion so much more special.

Though it turns out that this family road trip wasn’t the first time the two had met.

Back in 1997, Abelardo traveled from Mexico City to visit Big Bird for Cinco de Mayo. The two have to find each other after Oscar the Grouch, of course, picks Abelardo up from the airport without telling anyone. OMG…drama.

For many fans of the shows, the realization that the two were cousins made all the sense in the world.

And also…when can I go on an amazing trip like this with my primos?!

And for Abelardo, it was the best viaje of his life!

Big Bird shared a tender message: “See who came to visit me, my cousin Abelardo! We are going to look for milkshakes with birdseed milk”, “We live in different places, but families will always be together in our hearts, I had a lot of fun this weekend with my cousin. “

If You Grew Up With A Family Member In Prison, This Retro ‘Sesame Street’ Episode Will Pull On Your Heartstrings

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If You Grew Up With A Family Member In Prison, This Retro ‘Sesame Street’ Episode Will Pull On Your Heartstrings

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In a video that may tug on a few heartstrings for some of us who grew up with both “Sesame Street” in our lives and an incarcerated family member (or two), the video from 2013 introducing viewers to Alex, a muppet that revealed his dad was in prison, was trending this week. His story was part of Sesame Street’s tool kit, a series of online educational videos designed to help address issues that don’t normally get talked about in children’s programming.

Like so many of us who experienced this, Alex tries to get out of talking about his dad.

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A common issue among children with family members who are incarcerated is feeling shame whenever anyone even remotely mentions them. Doesn’t matter who the family member is. If it’s an uncle, cousin, sibling, the moment someone brings them up, it’s like “My uncle? Sure, yeah. Hey, some weather we’re having, huh?”

Sofia, the non-muppet, played by actress Jasmine Romero, recounts her own family incarceration story.

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Sofia goes through the motions of what it looks like for kids growing up in this situation. Writing letters, lots of tears with family and drawings being sent back and forth. For those who experienced this: isn’t it amazing how the drawings coming back from those incarcerated look like actual works of art?

This part of the video series is on the “Sesame Street” site in Spanish.

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This is great for bilingual households dealing with this as well, especially since these issues are seldom spoken about openly in Latino households. You know, how like maybe your tío wasn’t in prison, he was just “upstate.”

Heartbreakingly, Alex asks “what If I do grow up to be like him?”

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Alex ponders if it’s all his fault as Sofia talks to him about her experiences with her dad being in prison. His question is triggered by Sofia’s reveal that she thought her dad’s fate was somehow her fault, too. This one hits home for anyone who grew up around this, as kids are always affected by these issues the most.

Of the character and “Incarceration” theme, Jeanette Betancourt, VP of Outreach and Educational Practices at Sesame Workshop said in a 2013 interview with USA Today:

“We are looking not at the cause of the incarceration of the parent, but at the impact of the incarceration on the lives of children and their caregivers… We’re tackling this very difficult topic, but also acknowledging this very invisible community… We’ve heard quite a bit from adults who experienced this as children and who never talked about it out of guilt or shame.”

Aside from Alex, Sesame Street has been in the news a lot lately, most notably because PBS’ funding is being jeopardized by government budget cuts.

Fortunately, Sesame Street is on HBO and its future is probably safe for now.

In addition to the virality of Alex’s story, the show recently introduced Julia, a muppet who has autism.

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Based on a character previously introduced in a Sesame Street book, Julia will introduce a topic never explored on the show before.

Also, a “best of” video released this week featuring digs at “Donald Grump.” Sesame Street has dished out some pretty sweet jabs at Trump over the years.

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Pretty astute commentary for a kid’s show.

All in all, it was a pretty big week for the muppets of Sesame Street. Can’t wait to see what HBO has in store for Rosita and the gang.

READ: Sesame Street’s New Resident Speaks About Being Latina, Bilingual, And Proud

What do you think about Sesame Street addressing these issues? Share with someone who grew up on the show with the links below!

Reasons Why You Refuse To Go To A Family Party If Your Primos Are Not There

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Reasons Why You Refuse To Go To A Family Party If Your Primos Are Not There

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Just about every weekend there is a family party that you have to go to. These parties can be a drag if you don’t have your favorite people there: your primos. Your cousins are always the life of party and without them, you’d be bored out of your mind…

The fun starts as soon you guys se saludan with a big hug.

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Let’s be honest, your cousins are the ones you look forward to seeing the most. ?

Or that secret handshake…

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You crack jokes and laugh about the dumbest things all night long.

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No one else in the family understands the humor you guys share. ?

And if you don’t have a boyfriend or girlfriend to take to the party, they keep you company and not feel bad about being single.

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Because who needs a boyfriend or girlfriend when you have your cousins. ?

You can always count on them to join you on the dance floor.

Your primos are your dancing partners for life.

Or take shots with you if you’re trying to get turnt.

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They’d never let you drink alone. ?

If you’re trying to grab seconds or thirds of food, they’ll back you up so that you don’t look like a total gordis.

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Because food is always better with company. ❤️

At the end of the night, they help you convince your parents to let you sleep over their house so you can go out to the club.

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Since your parents are never okay with you staying out at a bar until 3 a.m.

But if the party is boring and you’re trying to leave, they back you up and head out with you.

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A escondidas. Because your parents would make a fuss about you going out.

Basically, without your cousins, you’d be BORED out of your mind.

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They are your lifesavers at every family party and you don’t know what you would do without them. ?

READ: You Know You’re Mexican When You Have these Cousins in Your Fam

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