Dr. Adams of Sesame Street, Property Owner & Storyteller

I’ve had a pretty crazy week this week, most of it hinging on the fact that I’ve had the flu. Under the best of circumstances – you have sick leave available, you have understand and compassionate tax write-offs in your home – the flu sucks. Under this week’s circumstances – no opportunity to take sick leave, children recently recovered from said flu who seem to have some sort of flu-induced amnesia – it was HELLISH.


Since I am drained of most things creative and awesome, I am going to borrow a writing prompt from Michelle over at Not Raising Brats. I met Michelle and her BFF Hillary at The Blathering last year and I’ve loved reading their stuff ever since.

Michelle got to day-dreaming earlier this week about her dream job. Which got me thinking about mine.

Honestly, at first I was all I love what I do now! .. which, believe it or not, is true. For the most part. I love the program I support and I love the folks I work with. Are there things I wish I could adjust about it? Yes, sure. But they’re minor. So, um, I’m okay with my job.

Which was a REALLY BORING ANSWER, SARAH. So I started thinking about jobs that I wish I could have but I can’t because I am not at all qualified.

Sesame Street Outreach Coordinator. Hello, I’m Sarah, and I’m an Outreach Coordinator for Sesame Street Workshop! Doesn’t that sound AMAZING? It combines two of my all-time favorite loves: Jim Henson and children. Seriously, I can think of few endeavors that would have my heart and soul more than this fictional position. I’m even specific about it being with Sesame Street Workshop and not Muppets – I am of a firm opinion that Sesame Street has remained more closely aligned with the Henson ideals than Muppets have. Frank Oz, I think, would agree with me. And I would love the opportunity to work with the Make-a-Wish Foundation in bringing terminally ill children to meet their favorite characters.

Dr. Patch Adams. So, there are many reasons I can never have this job. Obviously. But I loved the premise and, again! Children! And laughter! And healing! And these things are obviously important to me. I am such a huge believer in quality of life and making sure that even ill children have laughter and love in their lives. (I’m the weird one who volunteers to accompany pets to be euthanized when no one else will. I just .. I just think it helps to have someone there who loves them, you know?)

Storyteller at a hands-on children’s museum. Oh, seriously. SERIOUSLY. I would not only BE AMAZING at this job, but I would love every single minute of it. But I would specifically like to work with youngish, school-age children: having worked in a kids’ museum before, I think there is this very special and magical spark of imagination in kids from age 4-10, and it’s just an important time to grab on to that and set it aflame. If their love of learning is never ignited at that age, you’ve lost them. Because – TRUST ME – at eleven, they are TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL.

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4 Responses to Dr. Adams of Sesame Street, Property Owner & Storyteller

  1. Linnea March 29, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    I love all of theese ideas and think they are fantastic fits for you!
    I would totally take “crazy cat lady with an impressive library and high-speed internet” as a dream job.

  2. LizzieV March 29, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

    I think I would like to have a little shop where I can “rescue” things from thrift stores and give them a better chance at a new life. Kinda’ like puppies or kittens, but with more dust & less poo.

    Being a natural rummager & proptart, I visit the local thrift stores (when kidless,) and see so many things that were once loved and now set aside: toys, stuffed animals, tea towels, vinyl records, old china. But I don’t want an “antiques” store, but a true second-hand store where people can come in, ramble around but be able to find JUST the right thing (or what they were looking for) and fall in love. The toys would be clean, the tea towels folded, the records in their jackets & sorted by genre. All the old kitchen goods & tools would hang around, looking at home. Of course there’d be books. And a coffee nook (just coffee, nothing fancy.) Oh, alright, and the store dog & cat. But they’re have be older rescues– you KNOW what puppies & kittens can do….
    LizzieV wants you to read ..LEAP!

  3. Aunt Gee March 30, 2012 at 8:41 am #

    I would love to be a Disney “Imagineer”. Specifically, I’d love to create and direct shows for the theme park(s). The little ones that happen every few hours, AND the epic ones like Fantasmic.

  4. Michelle April 3, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    Oooh! Thanks for the shout out! Love the Sesame Street outreach coordinator idea. How much fun would that be?

    I love my job too (most days) but it is so much fun to think about other things that I could be doing.
    Michelle wants you to read ..This kid

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