M is for Mahna Mahna from the Muppet Show
guaranteed to stick to your brain like a bowl of mac n cheese on your thighs
Sesame Street and the Muppet Show sealed my fate. Through countless episodes, (thankfully, I was blessed with three younger sisters and a mom who loved the silliness as much as I did-so watching as a teen wasn’t so unusual..), I realized that my obsession with make believe wasn’t “so” off the mark; there is a place for the creative, the off-beat and odd. I would be okay afterall. Although my grades in school were good to excellent – I was far from smart (test taking is different than comprehension, and I continue to struggle with anything math or science related…oh who I am kidding, anything logical is beyond me.
Those silly episodes showed me that Art was a viable option. There is a NEED for creativity and weirdness in the world. I veered from that path here and there…taking “regular” jobs and trying my best to be “normal” to fit into some acceptable mold….but I am at my best and happiest when doing the most unusual careers. I’ve been a muralist, a creative writing teacher, worked in a modeling agency (hated that), welded and taught puppetry…now I write and teach a bit. Granted freelance writing isn’t so weird… but the freedom lets me focus on my own writing and artwork. Assignments that make me think and study, can be alternated with creative lesson plans and bizarre sculptures. I teach Creativity Explosion! classes, lovin’ the mayhem and mess that ensues.
For this, and Mahna Mahna, I thank you Jim Henson.