The term "honeymoon" is based on the phrase hony moone, meaning "good or sweet month." It referred to the idea that the first month of marriage is the sweetest, the love is the strongest, and everything that followed would never live up to those initial feelings of marital ecstasy. The word eventually became attached to the traditional holiday taken directly after a wedding, in which the couple could escape their responsibilities of life and enjoy their new marriage. Originally, this vacation would last a whole year, with the intent of using this time to start a family. But, as the average vacations grew shorter, the term "honeymoon," became more appropriate. No matter the length, the time is to be spent alone, together with your new partner.
The first week of the 20th season of Sesame Street focused on Maria and Luis's honeymoon. The two planned on taking a camping trip to the Adirondack Mountains. After a slow start, involving missing pigs, broken down cars, and excessive packing, Luis and Maria were finally ready to leave the street. All the neighbors turn out to bid them farewell and add more camping supplies to their already heavy load.
Think we got enough stuff?
Let's not forget the boombox and telescope...
...and our Snuffleupagus and Big Bird. Wait a minute...
And then, tragedy strikes!
Maybe you should just wait for a tow truck.
Is this love or is it terror?
Dear Luis and Maria, still on this bloody island. Today, I swallowed a bug.
Meanwhile, the honeymoon from hell continues. Ingrid and Duane have appeared to take the hint, giving Maria and Luis their space, although their portable television presents a nuisance. As if that weren't bad enough, television begins to invade their real life as game show host Sonny Friendly intrudes and forces the two couples into an impromptu game show.
Why watch TV when you could be ON TV?!
Ingrid and Duane of course have a blast, but Luis and Maria just want to escape.
Back at home, everyone is clamoring for the return of Maria and Luis. Taking a cue from Big Bird, everyone writes about their week without the couple and they even prepare a large "Welcome Back" banner, with a nice succinct message:
WELCOME HOME, MARIA AND LUIS
We missed you. We hope you had a
great trip. And didn't get an earache
or a sore throat. We hope you met new
people that you liked a lot... But that
you still like us a lot. Don't worry,
Gina fed your cat. Love from everyone
on Sesame Street.
Short and to the point.
I'm not gonna fix your car. But I'll still take your money.
But when they finally return home, late at night after everyone has fallen asleep waiting for them, they see a sign that suggests that everything is going to be okay.
Newlyweds are so focused on "getting away from it all" they sometimes forget what exactly that entails. Yes, they are about to spend of the rest of their life with someone they love, but what about the people who continue to love them? They don't cease to exist. Luis and Maria belong on Sesame Street. The neighbors can be crazy and omnipresent, but they care deeply about each other. If you need something, even space, they'll provide it . So why avoid them so hastily? It's good to be alone, sometimes, but it's better to be alone together.