Last spring, Sesame Street got a new neighbor: Karli, a Muppet in foster care. Karli recently moved in with her “for-now” parents, adults she’s staying with until her mom can take good care of her again. The National caught up with Karli to find out how she’s adjusting to life on Sesame Street.
What’s the best part of living with Dalia and Clem, your “for-now” parents?
Well, when I first came to stay with them, they asked me what my favorite food was. It’s pizza, so they said we would have a pizza night every Tuesday. Sometimes Elmo comes over for pizza too!
Elmo is your new friend. What are some of your favorite things to do together?
I love playing with Elmo and my new friends on Sesame Street. We love playing MonsterBall together. It’s kinda like soccer, but for monsters like me and Elmo!
What’s something new Dalia and Clem have taught you?
When I first came to stay with them, I had lots of big feelings, and Dalia told me that it’s normal to have lots of different feelings at the same time. She said that it’s good to talk about them.
What was the hardest part about moving into their home?
I missed my mom and my old room so much. I was confused, and I didn’t really feel like I belonged with Dalia and Clem. They helped me put my name on the door of my new room so that it felt a little more like my special place.
If you’re scared or upset, or just missing your mom, what’s something you do to feel better?
When I’m having big feelings, I draw them out. I use a different color crayon for different feelings. Like sad is blue scribbles, and angry is red dots. And orange squiggly lines mean I’m worried! But I draw happy things too, like pictures of me and Elmo.
What advice would you give other kids who might be missing their parents?
I’d tell them that it’s OK to miss them. Sometimes moms and dads have grown-up problems and need grown-up help so they can take better care of you. Also, lots of other kids are going through the same thing. I’d tell them that they’re not alone!