An Open Letter to Blue's Clues Producer

Post by Karen @ Baking in a Tornado

I have to admit, I’m not one to write fan letters. Pretty much ever. But many years ago when my kids were little, they just loved a brand new show called Blue’s Clues. My older son JT, in particular, would not miss an episode. For me it was not just a love of the show but frustration that resulted in my very first fan letter:

Dear Producers of Blue’s Clues:

     I am writing to you, as the mother of one of your most devoted fans, to complement you on an enjoyable and educational show. My son, JT has been watching twice a day ever since we discovered Blue’s Clues. Even my 1 year old JK starts to wave to Steve and Blue when he hears the show’s music.

     I am also writing in the hopes that you would be willing to take one small suggestion. You see, I really don’t mind that I have to plan our day around when Blue’s Clues is on. I can now break the sound barrier getting JT home from pre-school so he doesn’t miss a show. I have adjusted to all of my mirrors being marked up from JT cleaning off the paw prints. I am now adept at casually steering JK away from the “thinking chair” (at considerable risk to JK’s life) once we have all three clues. I am getting used to JT jumping on books singing “Blue Skidoo, we can too”. After scouring the town I have finally been able to find notebooks with spirals at the top. It’s OK that when Steve has a cold, JT and his tissue box are inseparable, and when Steve goes to the beach, JT wears sunglasses all week. Our Black Lab isn’t too confused at suddenly being called “Blue”. I’m even dealing with “I don’t have to be nice to my brother, Steve doesn’t have a brother”.

     All that said, I must ask you please, PLEASE, could Steve just change his clothes? Wouldn’t a comfortable pair of sweat pants (maybe in a shade of grey) be nice, or a pair of jeans? How about a blue belt, a sweatshirt, something (anything) without stripes, and everyone should own a pair of sneakers.

     Although I thank you for simplifying my choices in boys’ clothes, and cutting way down on my shopping time, it was bad enough when people who saw JT wearing brown pants, a striped shirt, brown belt and brown shoes EVERY day just thought we were poor and offered us hand-me-downs, but now that we’ve bought a new car, we are starting to get the most awful looks. To make matters worse, we may now have to cancel our winter vacation as every time we talk about what we wear to the beach, JT answers “but Steve wears brown shoes to the beach”.

     What do we have to look forward to in the future? Spending every penny of our discretionary funds on Blue’s Clues videos, stuffed animals, games and books? After all, who needs a college fund anyway? If JT watches enough Blue’s Clues, he’ll be smart enough for a scholarship, right?

Sincerely,

A Blues Clues Mom

PS: Who do we have to talk to in order to get your show on at a decent hour on the weekends? It’s currently on at 5:30 am in our time zone. We have not yet told our kids, but if a neighbor slips, there’s going to be trouble.


I was shocked when a package of Blue’s Clues toys not yet in the stores arrived in the mail, along with these:



Never one to leave well enough alone, I actually wrote a second letter:

Dear Blue’s Clues Producers:

     I did not expect to be writing you a second letter, but was so surprised by the hand written response to my first letter as well as the package full of gifts for the boys that I felt compelled to acknowledge them. If you know what it’s like to see children’s eyes light up, that’s what I saw when we opened your package.

     By way of thanks, I thought I would do you the favor of helping to make your job a little easier. I am enclosing some ideas for future shows and am giving you my written permission to use my ideas without any remuneration whatsoever. They are:

*Steve introduces us to his younger brother, JK, who he loves and shares everything with.

*Steve does not scream at his mother in public when she mistakenly introduces him at JT instead of Steve.

*Steve eats something other than pizza, French fries and sweets.

*Steve does not knock all the books off the shelves at the library.

*Steve always goes right to bed as soon as his parents say it’s bedtime.

*Steve does not argue with his Mom (casting: a petite brunette).

*Steve learns to play with his brother without someone ending up bleeding.

Since JT and JK are both very young and neither of them show signs of getting over their Blue’s Clues obsession any time soon, you will need suggestions for shows for many years to come. Here are a few for later:

*Steve studies hard and gets good grades.

*Steve is first in line to do chores around the house.

*Steve hair remains short and body parts remain un-pierced.

*Steve obeys the speed limit and all traffic rules.

*Steve adheres to his curfew every night.

*Steve calls his Mom every day from college.

No need to thank me, helping you out in this way was my pleasure.

Sincerely,

Still a Blue’s Clues Mom


Now although I consider the whole “writing a letter to a famous show” thing to have initially been a success, I can’t help but wonder, now that my kids are teenagers, if things might be better for me at this point if those Blue’s Clues producers had actually made a few of those shows I suggested.



 

29 comments:

  1. That's great they responded. I got up at 6:30 this morning and my 6yp was on the couch (asleep) and Blue's Clues was on. BTW I like Steve way more than Joe.

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    1. Such great memories. You can't imagine how shocked I was to get that package from them. Go team Steve!

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  2. That is awesome!! I'm a Joe girl, myself.

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    1. It was pretty amazing for my kids at the time to see that Steve had sent them a package. Of course now they don't remember it . . .

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    2. Teri, we also prefer Joe to Steve ;)

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    3. Jen you've got excellent taste. My girls both laughed at me when I watched the first episode with Joe and I said "Helllllllooooo Joooooooooooe" they were like, "MMMMMMOOOOOOO-UUUUUUUUMMMMMMM"

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  3. OMG I love it! My older two were in to Blue's Clues...my youngest, not so much. I, too, prefer Joe over Steve (although, the real life Steve has become somewhat badass). Miss Teri...in case you didn't know, Joe is now the voice of Bot on Team Umizoomi.

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    1. I don't think I'll tell my boys that Steve is now a badass, they don't need any more inspiration. . .

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    2. What is Team Umizoomi? Do I want to know?

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    3. No, Teri. No, you don't.

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  4. They must have laughed their asses off when they received this letter. I love that they responded to you as well. And, I'm with you Kraus House Mom - Team Steve in this corner!

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    1. Go Team Steve (since that's all I know, never saw Joe). Those producers were so amazing to have sent all that stuff. Great to have in the boys' memory books.

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  5. Karen, I love everything about this post! We love to sing the mail song every time we see our postman coming up the walk. Sadly, he's never very impressed. My guess is that he's never seen the show. I should tell him about Netflix!

    Anyhoo...this was awesome, and has inspired me to start drafting letters to the buttheads over at Caillou. ;)

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  6. Even though my kids watched this many, many, many years ago, I'm so glad that people can still relate (except, of course, your mailman who clearly has no sense of humor).

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  7. We loved Blue's Clues too, and remember the actual transition of Steve and Joe....So cool they responded and sent you stuff.

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    1. My kids SO loved it, I can't even tell you how cool it was to get actual show stuff in the mail. Amazing reactions!

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  8. LOL!!! Love both the letters!! Just priceless!!

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    1. Thank you, Roshni. I enjoyed writing them, and especially enjoyed hearing back from them.

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  9. Angela, the creator, wrote the foreword for The Blogger's Survival Guide... coming soon! :)

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    1. That's pretty interesting, I'll have to look for that.

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  10. I discovered Blues Clues as a nanny many many moons ago and had hoped that it would still be on when I had kids. Moo (10) and Slim (8) have long since outgrown the show but I am thrilled that it is still on for The Geel (19 mos.) to enjoy. And btw, I am Team Steve all the way. He always had a way of including parents in on things with a comment, a joke or a well placed smirk, that Joe never quite captured.

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    1. Yay, another Team Steve! Of all the shows they could have decided they couldn't miss, I'm so glad they picked one that responded in this way, it was such joy to get that package.

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  11. Blues Clues was never a show my kids got into, but we did watch an episode occasionally. I think it's great that they responded! That's awesome!

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    1. I love that they responded too. I truly did not expect it.

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  12. Lady, you are brilliant! I sure hope you have all three of those letters framed and proudly displayed in your home. That was so hilarious! Nice to know the Blue's Clues folks have a sense of humor!

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    1. They not only have a sense of humor, but knew just the right way to hold on to their little fans. Those letters are safely in the boys' scrapbooks.

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  13. Ah, Blue's Clues. Many memories of that show! My oldest son was born in 97 and he was a Blue's Clue fanatic!

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  14. Really neat to have those memories. My son born in 81 missed the whole blues clues all together.

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  15. How cute! I didn't even know they did that!

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