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(CNN) - Life, freedom and the search for cookies ... or maybe just that last part. It is the principle by which the Comegalletas Monster has lived his life for more than 50 years.
The cookie lover settled in “Sesame Street” in 1969, but celebrates his birthday on November 2. His age remains a mystery: is he a child frozen in time or an immortal monster? Does matters! Its appeal is timeless.
Known for his imagination and unlimited enthusiasm for those sugary spherical treats, this sugar addict resident in “Sesame Street” has more to say than “I WANT COOKIES”.
Therefore, celebrate your special day with a bite of cookies (or vegetables, since the Cookie Eater now likes them!). But while you do, take advantage of some of the valuable lessons that the bulging-eyed monster has taught.
Treating yourself is fine!
Cookies: there is never a wrong time to eat them. You do not agree? Blame the blue monster.
Eat cookies at breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the public can only take that as a clear message: cookies are a delight we all deserve to enjoy.
Chocolate chips, sugar, cookies Oreo: the Monster Eater will eat them ALL. It is known to devour inedible objects, even if it gets too excited. But his official cookie recipe, which ABC News discovered in “Big Bird's Busy Book” of 1975, does not include chocolate in the ingredient list.
Children can understand great ideas
Like any resident of “Sesame Street”, the Blue Monster had a lot to teach the public about how the world works. And as Comegalletas, the presenter of the “Monsterpiece Theater”, tackled sophisticated ideas with a dramatic touch.
He referred to classical musicals, as a tribute to the "Boys and Dolls" in 1989 that overturned gender stereotypes of children's toys (boys can play with dolls, girls can play with trucks, and that's good!).
His theatrical accounts were ahead of his time. A conversation about gender toys? In the 1980s? Innovative!
He even revealed on his verified Twitter account that he is going to therapies. Sure, it was a play about a popular meme, but what other puppets do you know actively working to stigmatize mental illness?
Being dumb is also important
The Comegalletas never takes itself too seriously.
Do you remember his dramatic twists on the "Seven Double Fillers," a James Bond-type agent, and "Jean Bon-Bon," the hero of "The Mousserables"? Are the Muppets eligible to win Emmys? If so, someone, anyone, please notify the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
The Comegalletas is safe enough to break loose among friends who support it. His confidence rivals that of most humans, and we could all borrow some of his cheeky nonsense.
Self-control is not easy ...
Although Sir Ian McKellen tried to teach Cookie the meaning of the word "resist", more than 40 years after the show, the adorable cookie cutter simply couldn't resist.
For many years, he did not control his cookie consumption when he was even encouraged by his other companions.
But "Star S'mores" appeared, a space opera from Sesame Street, which defined the Comegalletas as a "mischievously handsome" Flan Solo.
Co-stars Only One Cannoli, Darth Baker and Groda (who is Coco with Yoda's ears) taught the Comegalletas some coping strategies to distract him from his impulses to eat his crunchy cookies. And at the end of the story, it worked!
... but a healthy change is possible
The path of the Comegalletas towards a diverse diet was certainly not easy. But after more than 30 years in his career, in a creative movement caused in part by the rise in childhood obesity rates, everyone's favorite monster learned that it is never too late to adopt some healthy habits.
He said it best in his aptly titled rap "Healthy food": "Nutrition, really modern!"
Singing to pears, broccoli and what can only be assumed to be whole wheat bread, the Comegalletas expands poetically on the virtues of a varied diet rich in fruits, vegetables and meat as well as chocolate chips.
He even organized a cooking segment where celebrities joined him to prepare healthy foods. The gingerbread eater and pink co-host Gonger made fruit sushi with Jenny Slate, Halloween-friendly peanut butter apple slices with Zooey Deschanel and zucchini nachos with Ellie Kemper.