Happy 49th Birthday, Sesame Street!!!

Today is Sesame Street’s birthday. I have been watching Sesame Street all day today to celebrate. I am glad that I did that this year, and last year I didn’t do that. Anyway I’m glad to celebrate the 49th year that Sesame Street is on the air. As an autistic adult, I have enjoyed this TV show for many years. I am a late bloomer when it comes to Sesame Street, though. I was born in 1987, which is a few years before Jim Henson passed away.

I want to be a collector of Sesame Street books, DVDs and paraphernalia. I’m glad that I own a couple of Sesame Street DVDs. I watch them daily nowadays so that I don’t have any meltdowns and feel overstimulated. As an autistic adult, I enjoy watching the DVDs, and watching Sesame Street and its DVDs bring me so much comfort. I love watching them because they give me a sense of comfort that nobody else can. I love Sesame Street so much because it also gives me so much comfort.

I am thankful that the late Jim Henson gave us Sesame Street. I’m thankful for Sesame Street because it gives me a sense of comfort that nobody else can. I buy Sesame Street products with my SSI money. I get the DVDs and women’s apparel. I also get their stuffies. And I do some amazing artwork that’s Sesame Street related. I am looking forward to the rest of this year and the year 2019, because I will be getting more Sesame products for Christmas, and I will be getting Sesame products in 2019 as well. I’m especially excited about getting the Sesame Street pajama pants that I have asked for for Christmas this year.

I love all of the Sesame Street Muppets, but I especially love both Big Bird and Ernie. Big Bird was once played by Carroll Spinney, and Matt Vogel is his new performer. Matt Vogel also performs the Count and Mr. Johnson. Ernie was originally played by Jim Henson, then Steve Whitmire and Billy Barkhurst performed Ernie after that. Peter Linz performs Ernie now, and I really love Peter as Ernie. He does a great job with the part and I am so glad that this year I finally get to watch him perform Ernie on my iPod Touch.

I love Ernie because he’s so funny, kind and believes in the power of imagination. I love when he does things to tick Bert off, and it makes me laugh because he’s the funniest Sesame Street Muppet there is. I love Bert and Ernie both because they make me laugh. They bring me so much comfort through my autism journey, and I really love that and I love that they give me so much comic relief from the sad stories of autistic/disabled people being killed by caregivers. I love that they bring me both comfort through the meltdowns that I have and the comic relief from all the ableism and the prejudice against us autistic/disabled people.

When I’m upset, agitated, tired or close to having a meltdown, I watch Sesame Street to give me comfort. I love all of the Sesame Street Muppets because they are my friends. I sing along with them, laugh with them, cry with them, and have fun with them. I love responding back to them when they talk to me through my TV and iPod Touch screens. I am also looking forward to watching the new documentary called “Street Gang”

Thank you, Sesame Street, for being such a comfort to me in my autism journey. I am glad to be a fan of Sesame Street. Here’s to 49 more years of laughter, love and all-around awesomeness.

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Finding Comfort in the Muppets as an Autistic Adult

As an autistic adult, I have special interests. One of them is the Muppets, and the other two are the Jim Henson Company productions, and Sesame Street. I love all three of these and they mean so much to me. They have been such a comfort to me through the years.

Anyway, I love the Muppets and Sesame Street a lot. They have given me such a comfort that nobody else could give me. The Muppets and the Sesame Street Muppets are my friends, and I love when they make me laugh. They help me through my meltdowns. They are such a comfort to me, and I wanna thank Jim Henson for creating them so that I can be comforted through my autism journey. I love them a lot, and they love me, too.

My favorite Sesame Street character is Ernie, now that Peter Linz is performing him. I love Ernie so much because he is so funny, so kind and so imaginative. I love the songs that he sings by himself, but mostly I love the song called “Up Goes the Castle”. Every time I hear that song I cry happy tears, because of Ernie’s belief in the power of imagination. I love the fact that Ernie can imagine anything, anything in his own way. And it makes me laugh how his friend Bert is annoyed by him!

I will be getting some more Sesame Street and Muppet products for Christmas this year. I am so excited about getting the Electric Mayhem hoodie sweater for Christmas, as well as the Muppet Christmas heads sweater. I also can’t wait until I get some more Muppet and Sesame Street DVDs and plushes. I’m thinking about having Mr Kiffer get me the Pepe the King Prawn book I want called “It’s Hard Out Here for a Shrimp.”

My favorite Muppet is Walter. I’m in love with him. My love for him is as deep as an ocean. I can relate to him so much as an autistic adult. I feel so much like him, because I feel as though the world wasn’t really meant for me. People treat me like I’m less than or othered, and that’s not right. I’m waiting for my moment to show the world who I am. I know that I’m different, and because of the ableistic bigotry, I find it frustrating. Sometimes I wonder if I’m a Muppet.

I love how the Muppets either talk or sing to you through the screen, as well as the Sesame Street Muppets. I always answer back to them when they talk to me through the screen. I love doing that, and it’s a lot of fun doing that. I love watching Muppet movies and drawing pictures of all of the Muppets, which is fun too. I am thrilled that I get to enjoy everything Muppet-related and Henson Company related and Sesame Street related. I love the Muppets, Sesame Street and Henson Company puppets because they bring so much comfort to me. I watch Sesame Street all day and all night every day except for Fridays. And I watch Fraggle Rock every Fridays, and most of the time I watch the Henson Company productions every day.

I think that I am a Muppet. Maybe an honorary Muppet too. 🙂

Happy Fall!

Happy fall! Choir has started for the year and I am so excited. I get to learn new songs and play new games in choir. I’m very excited and looking forward to the new choir year. It will be a blast. I also can’t wait until the cool temperatures start again tomorrow.

I had a great summer. I got Erik Forrest Jackson’s Muppet Phantom of the Opera book. I went to Maryland for my birthday and ate the crab cake sandwich which is my favorite sandwich from Bull on the Beach – one of my favorite restaurants. I also got to eat crabs at Phillips. They were so yummy. I also got an audio message from my favorite Muppet named Walter. I was so excited about getting the audio message from my favorite Muppet. Thank you again Peter Linz for bringing out Walter in the summertime and allowing him to send me an audio message!

My Penn State football friends are playing again this year. I love watching them beat Michigan because that’s one of my favorite games they play. I enjoy watching them every Saturday and now every Friday, too. I will be watching their White-Out game this coming Saturday.

I got a whole stack of Sesame Street books from my friends Harriet and Tony from at church last month. And for my birthday I got the Miss Piggy book called The Diva Code from Mr. Kiffer. I am so excited that I got these things. I know I haven’t posted any blogs in a long time but I will still write some blogs. I’m gonna keep doing it for sure this time.

Yesterday I had four meltdowns but I am okay today. I am looking forward to Inktober next month. I can’t wait to draw with my pen and markers.I will do Inktober for all 31 days this time, unlike what I did last year. I only did it for a few days. I just haven’t gotten around to doing it for 31 days like I wanted but that’s okay.

My autistic son was Baker Acted the first day of middle school.

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I was stuck in the high school car loop picking up my oldest when I got a call from the middle school guidance counselor: please come immediately to help with my son.

I sent my husband, and as I was pulling into my driveway to drop off my daughters, received a cryptic text from my husband: “Call me now. He’s being baker acted.”

What?

My 12 year old son has a sweetness to him, despite his preteen reluctance to shower and anxiety in crowds. He thrives on routine and consistency; clear expectations and quiet.

We knew middle school would be hard. Even elementary school wasn’t easy for him, but we had a great team of people who knew and loved him. We had developed an effective IEP and communicated it at a “roll up meeting” with both his current elementary school team and the middle school guidance counselor.

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Thank You, Jim Henson

May 16, 1990 was the year Jim Henson passed away. I was only three years old that springtime. I didn’t understand death back then. But years later when I was on a Broadwayworld.com message board I understood his death. I watched a clip from The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson one day when I was on a computer at my grandmother’s old house. I watched carefully and closely. He did pass away. I was shocked and saddened.

As an autistic adult, Sesame Street and other Muppet productions have given me so much comfort through my meltdowns. I can watch these two when I am scared, agitated, anxious, upset, tired or worried. I have always liked these shows because they have taught me so much. The Muppets and Sesame Street taught me to be kind and have compassion towards others. They also taught me to be a friend and not a bully. They also taught me to be respectful to everybody and not hurt anybody’s feelings. They also taught me to use humor in a kind and gentle way rather than use it to hurt other people’s feelings. That’s what Jim Henson taught us, too. And that’s why I’m a big fan of the Muppets and Sesame Street.

When I was a little girl I used to have some Sesame Street videocassettes, long before anybody heard of a DVD. I loved them so much. Sing-Along Earth Songs and Big Bird Sings were two of my favorites. I’d watch them over and over again. One year that I got my eyes operated on from the menengitis I had, I got a balloon with the Sesame Street Muppets that said “Get Well Soon” on it. I loved it so much. Sadly a few years later it was deflated.

The Muppets and Sesame Street also taught me to use my imagination, something Jim Henson taught me through his productions. He also taught me creativity. I loved making all the crafts and drawing pictures and building puppets and making plush toys. When I was a kid I loved making a stuffed snake. I made it when I was in kindergarten and carried it with me everywhere I went, long before I had my Sesame Street plushes.

I also loved listening to Jim Henson sing Up Goes the Castle on a Sesame Street audiocassette I once had. Up Goes the Castle always makes me cry, because of Ernie’s power of imagination. It always gets me choked up every time, because it reminds me of Jim Henson. I also loved listening to Jim sing on the Sesame Street Sing-Alongs audiotape. I used to have it too and I listened to it in the summer of 1994. All the songs were my favorite, especially the ones that Jim sang.

Thank you, Jim Henson. As an autistic adult, I just wanted to thank you for comforting me through my meltdowns with the Muppets and my Sesame Street friends. Thank you so much for the laughs, smiles and tears. I miss you everyday more than anybody can possibly say.