In the know

My grandson loves Grover.
That’s furry, lovable Grover to those familiar with the Sesame Street character.
I do a pretty good Grover voice, if I do say so myself. Especially when reading the classic “There’s a Monster at the End of this Book,” which, much to my delight, my grandson also loves.
But visiting him recently in Austin, Texas, was more of a lesson in what I don’t know about today’s kids’ interests. In Parker’s case that would mean “Paw Patrol.”
“Paw Patrol” is a group of puppies who solve crimes. I watched a video or two with my grandson and read him his “Paw Patrol” story book … several dozen times … during a recent visit. Still, I’m at a loss in figuring out who’s who in the cast. I admit I’d never pass a “Paw Patrol” quiz. Parker, who’s just over a year old, seems to know, however. Following his mother’s lead, I’d ask him, “Where’s Skye?” and he’d point to the character called Skye. Or, “Where’s Chase?” and he’d point to Chase.
I’m relieved he doesn’t have the language skills to ask me the same questions right back.
My learning curve gets even steeper when I visit our great niece Coco in Roanoke, Virginia, which we do as often as we can. A drive to Roanoke, while six hours long, is much more doable than a flight to Austin.
Coco has twin brothers, Emmett and Remy, who just turned two. At their birthday party a few weeks ago, I got my first taste of her TV favorites: “Vampirina” and “Owlette.”
Vampirina is just what her name sounds like, a cute little girl who turns into a cute little vampire, if a vampire can be cute, which this one surely is. Owlette is a character in the cartoon “PJ Masks,” which I keep calling “TJ Max.” I think she and her pals, one I believe is Cat Boy and another Gecko, also solve crimes.
Anyway, armed with this limited knowledge and remembering how my daughter loved to play dress up when she was little, my wife and I picked up a Vampirina and an Owlette costume for Coco at Target as Easter presents and they were big hits. She wore her Owlette outfit to an Easter Egg hunt.
I’m making progress, but I am pretty sure I have much more to learn if I am going to be able to continue to play with Parker and Coco and her brothers. And I am pretty sure they will teach me.
I’m just wondering if any of them would like to hear about “Mighty Mouse” or “Baby Huey.”

Ed Ackerman