Thursday, April 19, 2012

[Don't Forget About This Post]

[Introductory paragraph about memories.  Explanation of how memories are intangible and unreliable, yet they shape each decision we make and every opinion we have.  Thought-provoking insight into our relationship with memories, and how one's world is completely changed by the mere absence of ideas (which are difficult to prove that they even existed in the first place).]

[Segue into description about today's character/topic.]

[Name of Character, Witty Caption]

[Description of character and his performer Richard Hunt.  Reference to character's utilization in the show.  Brief history, starting with his simple role as a one-note character from a genre-specific set of recurring sketches.  Reference scene where he forgets his horse.]

[Transition to later developments, in which character appeared outside of his original context and started interacting with other characters from the show in order to highlight his "funny" abnormality.]

(Ed. note:  Either use the "Through the Door" sketch or "Oklahoma" sketch.  Don't be lazy and use both.)

[Powerful, inspiring paragraph explaining the values this character taught the audience.  May include:  "As we make connections with other people, they become dependent of us, just as we become dependent of them.  It becomes our goal to maintain our promises.  Every action we make is based on a  promise we made to someone, at some time.  Even if it is difficult for us to uphold, we owe it to ourselves to stick by our duties."]

[Also, "Forgetfulness can strike any of us at any time.  For some, it is a brief instant. A slip of the tongue or a minor detail is dropped.  For others, the memory loss is truly physical rather than psychological.  These people cannot be blamed for their affliction.  But then there are the habitual forgetters.  The ones who are aware that for every deadline they miss, they are manufacturing another disappointment in their loved ones' lives.  Sometimes, these individuals are not forgiven for their negligence.  They are definitely aware of the problem, and if they cannot change their habits, they can at least try to rectify the situation with a thoughtful gesture."]

[Direct readers to this link, which is only on the Sesame Street website, yet must be included because it completely summarizes today's character and topic: "I'll Always Remember I Love You."]

The long-suffering companion is finally validated.

Because sometimes, you're not going to remember things.  And you're going to let people down.  But if you make an effort to prove that your intentions are pure, if you resolve to change your ways, and if you truly learn from your mistakes, you'll find that people are willing to forget almost anything.

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