In addition to being an aspiring Multimedia Journalist, I also like to do a bit of creative writing in my spare time. I compose a variety of pieces that are either based on different prompts found online, or that just strike me whenever inspiration hits.
Recently, I have watched a few YouTube videos featuring the characters Elmo and Abby Cadabby from Sesame Street. I was particularly interested in clips from the show’s specials entitled “Talk, Listen, Connect” (which dealt with Military Families) and “Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce.”
The “Talk, Listen Connect” initiative used Elmo’s character to help kids and their families through the emotional changes that come with having relatives in the military. Part of the special involves Elmo learning how to handle his feelings whenever his father, Louie, is deployed or returns from work.
The “Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce” initiative consisted of Abby Cadabby, a pink fairy that the show introduced in 2006, explaining how she deals with the challenges of sometimes living with her mother in one home, and her father in another.
These programs inspired me to put a different spin on Elmo’s and Abby’s situation by looking into the future and seeing how their home lives might have affected them as pre-teens.
Below is the piece that was born from this idea. It is slightly darker than Sesame Street’s presentation of these issues, but realistic in a way that I think resonates with its audience.
The piece can also be accessed from my Deviantart Account: http://wallynsimonsgirl.deviantart.com/