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How Sesame Street’s Maria Schooled Us on Dreaming Big

Sonia Manzano’s Maria on Sesame Street taught us about healthy eating, coping with loss and most importantly how to be a great friend. We wish you only sunny days in your retirement, friend. Thank you for the life lessons.

Maria taught us girls are badass.

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It’s never too late.  Maria’s ultimate dream was to go back to school and become an astronaut.

And that motherhood is not shameful.

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Call her the #FreeTheNipple pioneer.  After marrying Luis, Maria embraced motherhood and made it socially acceptable to talk about breastfeeding.

Though they’re addictive, we need to chill on eating cookies.

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Ya, we all love ’em, but Maria helped us, and Cookie Monster, realize sometimes we can skip a cookie or five.

Maria was real, even if it was tough.

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When Mr. Hooper passed away in 1983, Maria was bravely honest with Big Bird and all of us.

She taught us how to be the best BFF ever.

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Whether it was fixing someone’s toaster or door knob or kissing a booboo better, Maria was someone people could always count.

And that speaking Spanish was cool.

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Gracias por todas enseñanzas, Maria.

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