Traumafessions :: Reader Chanter on Size Small

Hi Kindertrauma!

It’s been a while since I last sent in a traumafession (though by the looks of the comments to that last, I may have inadvertently traumatized someone’s kidlet – sorry!) so I thought I’d share another one.

As in my first two, sound played a significant role in this one as well. If any other readers were watching U.S. public television in the late 1980s or early 1990s, they probably saw more than a few Canadian children’s television programs. I definitely did, and I’m the happier for it. Most of these were pretty warm and fuzzy, and the source of much enjoyment for tiny me. There was one SIZE SMALL snippet that I could never entirely enjoy, however.

I know it probably sounds ridiculous that Miss Helen’s announcement of, “It’s cookies in the kitchen time!” left me dismayed, but it routinely did. The music has a lot to do with it; something about that synthesizer note buzzing in the background just plain gets under my skin to this day. The lyrics are quite innocuous, and taken on their own, they’re really rather cute. But, being a neurotic little girl (haven’t changed much either, only now I’m a bit taller) with a fear of hot and burning things among others, kindergarten-ish me subconsciously took the idea of an ovenful of baking cookies and ran with it. Figures I’d get a nightmare from something so harmless. In it, the “Ooh they’re bakin'” line was followed by “Ooh they’re burnin'”, a smoke alarm, continued menacing music, and a whole host of other things as time went on–yes, this nightmare stuck with me and expanded as I got older! Brrrrr! … I’m only now realizing just how big my issues with fire were as a child.

Sorry, Miss Helen, if you’re reading this. I know you didn’t mean to traumatize anybody. One sketch does not an otherwise delightful viewing experience ruin, I assure you.


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Rhiannon Joy
9 years ago

Wow! Thanks for bringing back the memories! I totally forgot about Size Small! I watched it all of the time when I was a kid! I’m from Nova Scotia in Canada and it was on constantly!!

9 years ago

I’m also a Nova Scotian and this brings back a lot of memories for me too, especially the dancing record with the spoons Amazingly, that didn’t give me nightmares. There was a ton of great programming for kids at that period in Canada.

Rhiannon Joy
8 years ago

Oh my God…I forgot about the dancing record!!!!! I think I may have had a crush on that guy…