My first-grade teacher and I share a similar taste in television, and in my 23 years, I’ve experienced no greater blessing.

The era was the early 2000s, and my parents had just told me my favorite show, “SpongeBob SquarePants,” was annoying, dumb and not worth watching. Channeling a confidence that would rival SpongeBob’s own, I confronted my teacher, Mrs. Pizarro, the next day at school. “Do you watch ‘SpongeBob?'” I asked. And as clearly as I can see my keyboard now, I can see her saying, “Of course I do.”

In that moment, I felt so proud and inspired, so seen and heard. And I told myself that when I reached 50 or however-many-years old, I wanted to be like Mrs. Pizarro — an adult who could still appreciate colors, emotion, nonsense and their combined charm.

Nickelodeon is marking the show’s 20th anniversary Friday with an hourlong special called “SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout” at 5 p.m. MT. No disrespect to an episode I haven’t seen, but an equally fitting tribute could’ve been re-airing “The Camping Episode.” Among other memorable moments (remember, sea bears are only attracted by cubed cheese; sliced is fine), the episode is most known for “The Campfire Song.”

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