Our road trip finally reached the destination that inspired the entire two week vacation. We wanted to live out our original plans for Zack to meet Elmo at Sesame Place in Pennsylvania- in his absence, but with his spirit with us, we still wanted to fulfill this wish.
The first night we watched the incredible nighttime parade and were totally mesmerized by the characters, the music and the pure emotion and magic of Sesame. Best of all....we saw Elmo and couldn't wait to meet him the following day. We even got to visit an Elmo's World set and see the show with Mr. Noodle's nephew, Mr. Noodle!
The exceptional people at Sesame Place (@sesameplace on twitter) had not only offered us "Abby Front of the Line" wristbands, they also invited us to meet and take photos with all of the Sesame characters before the parade. As the first characters started to walk out, my heart began to race. I would be meeting Elmo for the first time. While it wasn't Kevin Clash, this was a "real" Sesame Elmo and it had been a long awaited moment.
Elmo started walking towards the crowd and I took our framed photo of Zack with us to go shake his hand and take some pictures. He put his arms around Ty, Jayden and I and then held Zack's photo between his furry hands. I had finally taken Zack to meet Elmo. I realized the enormity of the moment and dissolved into tears. I stepped back only to see Elmo holding just Zack's image for a photo to be taken. With tears streaming down my cheeks, Elmo gestured for me to come over....he put his arms around me and hugged me. I'm not sure if he did know what this moment meant to me and to our family, but I whispered a thank you and told him that this was for my son. He kissed his furry red hand and placed it on Zack's face in the frame and my heart melted.
more photos here