I Snagged an Elmo T.M.X.

The power of tv amazes me. We are pretty strict about letting our kids watch tv, but we allow them around 30 minutes per day. Mostly foodtv or PBS. Drew, my two-year old, saw a segment on a news show about the new tickle me elmo tmx. The thing is actually pretty cool, it falls over laughing and starts kicking and rolling around laughing. Check it out over at youtube, I guarantee you’ll start laughing just watching it. Already, whenever anyone asks Drew what he wants for Christmas, he immediately says “tittel me elmo” It’s pretty scary to think of the influence that one minute of tv has on a child. That is all he has been talking about.

Of course he wants one of the toys that is hardest to find. This is the ten year anniversary of the original tickle me elmo. All the local stores are out of stock, so I immediately went to ebay. Retail, they are $39, but on ebay they were going for close to $100. I started planning on how to break it to Drew, that even Santa couldn’t find an elmo for him. I’ve been searching on the internet, trying to figure out how to get one. One site mentioned that toysrus was putting them online from time to time. Out of desperation, I went to their website and surprisingly, it was available. I ordered it as fast as possible and it shipped today. I just checked and they are out of stock again. I think God is just looking out for one of his clueless children again.

Now I’m just glad that two year olds can’t read blogs.


I am a former design engineer who now pastors Cornerstone Community Church in Galax, Virginia. I'm passionate about following Jesus and I love technology. I've been married to Jennifer for 28 years, and we have three adult children.

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