The kids no longer watch Sesame Street. I do a very poor Elmo impersonation. But I got started one night acting as though I was Elmo, bent on taking over the world with the help of secret agent Mr. Noodle and Dorothy the secret piranha. The next thing I knew, the kids were laughing so hard they were wheezing for air. And it’s been several weeks now, but still Elmo occasionally takes over the world–usually at the times when tensions are high and tears are starting to fall. Their uncontrollable belly laughter takes over my heart.