Costober 2021 Day 5: Steve Burns

Steve Burns, who teaches children to think things through.

About the Look

My daughter, Kerste, grew up with Blue’s Clues. We both loved the series. The whole family did — we still sing “We’ve Just Got a Letter”, chant “Present Time” at every birthday, and use “green puppy” as shorthand for disruption. Steve was a huge part of the charm and like everyone else we mourned his leaving the show.

Blue’s Clues is celebrating 25 years and Steve surprised his friends with this heartfelt message. When I tell you I cried, I CRIED. I don’t need to remind anyone that the last few years have been incredibly and increasingly hard for pretty much everyone. And definitely for the kids who grew up with Blue’s Clues and for their moms who together represent the whole span of Millennials (plus some elder gen z and younger gen x on the ends). A reunion with Steve Burns was the wholesome content we needed in that moment.

Kerste once laughingly credited Blue’s Clues with teaching her deductive reasoning and sparking her interest in science and science communication. But I don’t think that’s silly at all. I think it’s a legacy that Nick Jr. would be and should be proud of.

Here’s my own silly tribute to Steve and Blue’s Clues — follow me on TikTok!

About My Look

The sweater is another great thrifting find. I grabbed it because it made me think of Steve Burns immediately. When my daughter saw it she asked if it was for Steve from Blue’s Clues, which wasn’t even on our list of potential looks at the time. And when I wore it to work today one of my new students, who has no experience with my Costober project, said she liked my sweater because it reminded her of Blue’s Clues. This is a very successful everyday cosplay!

The slacks were purchased for my Tiki Bar Sylvie cosplay, also secondhand.

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