EDITORIAL: Goodbye To The Aardvark from Elwood



"Everyday when you're walking down the street, And everybody that you meet, Has an original point of view"


Today marks the end of an era for kids old and young across the world, As Arthur the 10 year old aardvark, created by Marc Brown, is getting one last bow as the show is coming to an end.


The longest running children animated series in the US and Canada is coming will air it's series finale today after 25 years of teaching kids about issues of asthma, dyslexia, cancer, diabetes, same-sex marriage, bullying, to name a few.


I will admit, Arthur was my guilty pleasure during high-school, college, & university. Something about that theme song, would wash away the cares of my day to day life, and the troubles that I was facing.


Watching Arthur, and his friends, learn important life lessons and teach the viewers as it went along made the world seem less darker, and less hard to deal with.


I can't be the only one who watched the show growing up, or even today. We all know something from the show, whether it be "Having fun isn't hard when you have a library card" or the loveable wit that was Arthur's sister D.W. saying "I Don't Care About The President. I Care About Ponies." We all have memories of that show, or books.


Arthur will be forever etched in the lexicon of society, and will go down as one of the best shows that spanned generations which taught a world that we truly have a original point of view.


I have taken what I have learnt from this show and applied it to my everyday life, and even to our show, The Cross Border Interviews with Chris Brown.


We understand that people have a unique original point of view and are often afraid to tell their view point. So we have given our platform to those who haven't had the chance to be heard.


Arthur taught us the meaning of being friendly to your neighbour, going out of your way to help those who have been bullied, or just sitting with someone and listening to them cry. We all have made it our effort to bring what that loveable aardvark has taught us into the real world.


While the popular show is coming to an end, and I for one and sad about loosing a part of my past. I know that after 250 episodes, 25 years, and countless memories of watching the aardvark from Elwood City, I am a better person for the lessons and teachings that the show from PBSkids has taught me.


The crew from Elwood, including Brain, Binky, Sue Ellen, Francine, Muffy, Buster, Prunella, George, and Arthur, will live on in the hearts and minds of people across the world.


Because as the song goes, "It's a simple message and it comes from the heart, Believe in yourself, cause that's the place to start"