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.

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Happy Birthday, Sesame Street!!!

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I love birthdays. I love eating cake and ice cream at birthday parties, I love to celebrate the birthdays of my family members, and eating ring bologna and cheese at birthday parties, with meatball sandwiches added to the meals. That’s what I love about birthdays. However, it’s neither my birthday nor any of my family members’ birthdays, today. Today it’s Sesame Street’s birthday. I’m a big fan of this show. It’s been my favorite since I was a little kid, and it’s still my favorite today.

I love singing along to the songs with the Sesame Street Muppets. I also love singing along to the theme song as well. I love going out to the book sale every summer with Mr Kiffer to get some Sesame Street books and DVDs. I love going to Walmart with my mom to get some Sesame Street DVDs. I can’t wait until I get my first Sesame Street book at Walmart. I can’t wait until the Thanksgiving episode of Sesame Street, too.

I love the songs of Sesame Street. My favorite songs from there are “Sing,” “Let’s Go Driving,” “Sing After Me,” “Rubber Duckie,” “I Love Trash,” “Spanish Me, English Me,” “Monster In the Mirror,” “Two Heads are Better Than One,” “Elmo’s Song,” “Imagination,” “Moonshine,” “The Sound That’s In the Air,” “Kids With Wings,” “Makin’ Believe,” “On My Pond,” “I Think That It Is Wonderful,” “Three,” “Love the Ocean,” “Everyone Makes Mistakes,” “I Love My Room,” and “One Fine Face.” These songs are wonderful. Most of the Sesame Street songs have the banjo joining in the orchestra that plays in the Sesame Street show.

When my grandmother was still alive she and I used to go to my cousin Dana’s house, and his son Benny was such a big fan of Sesame Street. I’m not sure if he is now, but when he was a little boy, he watched Sesame Street a lot. He watched the Elmo’s World: Wild Wild West DVD over and over again, amongst other DVDs. He used to own some Sesame Street coloring books. He especially loved the segment where Bert and Ernie went fishing, and Ernie said, “Heeeeeeeere fishy fishy fishy!” He even had a goldfish just like Elmo, and named it after Elmo’s goldfish named Dorothy.

My favorite Sesame Street Muppet performers are Peter Linz, Matt Vogel, Tyler Bunch, Frankie Cordero, Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, Stephanie D’Abruzzo, Paul McGinnis, Ryan Dillon, David Rudman, Eric Jacobson, Carroll Spinney, John Tartaglia and Carnen Osbahr. I also love Jerry Nelson, Jim Henson, Richard Hunt and Louise Gold. I also like Frank Oz too. But who could ever forget Jim Henson? Jim Henson was my favorite Ernie when I was a little girl. And now that Peter Linz performs him, I love Ernie even more now.

I remember when I was a little girl and I had a Sesame Street balloon that said “Get Well Soon” on it. It was with all of the Sesame Street Muppets on, and I had my eyes operated on from that menengitis that I had when I was a baby. I loved it so much. It had Big Bird, Snuffy and all the other Sesame Street Muppets on it.

I love Ernie’s kind heart and wonderful presence. I love that he’s so funny and his power of imagination. I love his songs “Imagine That” and “Rubber Duckie.” I love when he annoys Bert and his silliness and messiness. And I love Big Bird, because he’s tender-hearted and funny and awesome. Big Bird is my favorite Sesame Street Muppet. Abby Cadabby is another favorite Sesame Street Muppet too. She’s cute, funny, warm, wonderful, kind-hearted and sparkly. I like sparkly stuff, so Abby had become one of my favorites as soon as I saw her.

In the near future, I will have a lot of the Sesame Street DVDs, books and plushes. I want to get all of the Sesame plushes, DVDs and books. I can’t wait to get some more Sesame DVDs and books for Christmas this year. I also can’t wait until Muppet Wiki announces some more DVD releases on their website, which I go on every day. I get a new Sesame Street DVD a week or two after it’s released, but sometimes I get it on the day it’s released. As an autistic adult, I’m happy to say that I’m still a big fan of Sesame Street. And I’m glad that I am a fan. The Sesame Street Muppet performers are my friends because they have such kind hearts and loving spirits. I love all of my favorite Sesame Street performers so much and they mean so much to me.

I hope that someday Joan Gantz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisette read this, and I hope that one day I’ll get to meet the Sesame Street Muppet performers and the production team, and the writers and cartoonists and screenwriters. I am so thankful for Sesame Street, because it helps me go to sleep at night, it helps me learn different languages thanks to the international versions of Sesame Street, and it touches me in so many ways. I know I have said what I’m about to say before, but when I’m tired, scared, sad, upset, overstimulated or sick, I can always watch Sesame Street to see my Sesame Street friends. They always comfort me when I’m sad and crying or sick and they always cheer me up when I’m sad and crying. And they also cheer me up when I’m sick too. They either talk or sing to me through my TV or New Nintendo 3DS screens, and when they say “Hi!” I say hi back and when they say “Welcome to Sesame Street!” I say thank you to them.

Again I just want to say that I’m thankful for Sesame Street. I’m thankful that it’s brought so much joy, comfort and laughter to my life. I’m thankful that I got to watch the show when I was a kid, and as an adult, I still enjoy watching it now. Thank you so much Sesame Street for all the comfort and laughter and joy you’ve brought to my life. Happy 48th birthday!

We’re Still Here and Not Going Anywhere

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I’m glad to say that as an autistic adult, this is my second year participating in Autistics Speaking Day. Our voices are still valid and we are not going away anytime soon. People take away our voices and that’s not a good thing, because we NEED to be heart. We need to be speaking out against ableism, when ableists try to stop us from saying something.

People say they want to erase autistic people from society. But we autistic people are here for a reason. We autistic people are here to remind you that we need to feel loved, validated and treated like people with respect, kindness and compassion. Unfortunately, we aren’t treated with compassion. We are mocked, ridiculed, beaten, murdered, teased, tortured and bullied. Our rights are being denied and we are forced to be normal. We are called names including the R word.

When we are not included in sports, jobs, etc. it can be tough. When we are not allowed to flap our hands, rock back and forth, or do other forms of stimming, it can be heartbreaking. We are being stared at, teased, and called names. Also, when we aren’t invited into our families’ homes, that’s the hardest because they don’t invite us to dinners or birthday parties or Christmas celebrations.

This world needs to be more autism-friendly. Please show us autistic people compassion, love and acceptance. Treat us with kindness and please be respectful. Please make us feel loved instead of bullying, murdering and making fun of us. We notice the stares, whispers, and abuse. We notice when somebody is taking advantage of us. We are sick of our voices being silenced and we are not going anywhere.

Please be patient with us, and don’t take advantage of us. We are not here on this earth for you to bully us, to take advantage of us and to tease or torture us. We are here because you need to hear our voices and listen to us. You need to listen to us because this is the right thing to do. Accept us and love us for being ourselves. Because we are not monsters. We are human beings who want to feel loved and wanted. This is what we want, and this is what we need.

The world doesn’t want to accept us autistics because society doesn’t want us to be ourselves. It’s a shame because there are caregivers and parents of autistic people and children being abusive to them. It hurts my heart so much. I hope that one day there will be a better world for autistic people, so that they feel loved and wanted here in society. I want a world that can be accepting of autistic people. I want a world where love and compassion is shown to the autistic person. Hate and fear are not the answer for having autistic children. Love is.

Please treat us autistic people with love and respect. Because we are still here. We have a voice and a story to tell. And we will never go away. Always make us feel loved and wanted. Because unfortunately, people are cruel and they make us feel unwanted and unloved. Love counts. Perfect love casts out fear.