The short story “Sesame Street” by Laurel Waterman, explores a typical morning of a single father waking up to his understandably impatient five-year-old daughter, who’s main priority is to watch Sesame Street that morning. Throughout the short story, Waterman focuses on the showing rather than telling aspect of story writing, and in turn this method gives an efficient and direct approach to the subject matter.
The story begins with a child feeling reckless in bed before the sun has completely risen. From this image, readers get the impression that it is early morning and the child must be quiet young to be getting up at sunrise. Waterman uses a great deal of imagery, which heightens the sense of reality in the beginning of the story, as readers hear the door squeak while its slowly being opened and the sound of their father snoring. Giving the feel of a typical childhood morning.
Waterman uses a great deal of detail in the story, which sets the mood and atmosphere of the child and her father. At no point does she have any of her characters bluntly say how they feel about one another, but through actions, it is implied in a subtle way. Audiences get a clear view of the child’s way of thinking and perception of the world. When the child approaches her father in his bedroom, she notices that her father is not wearing his glasses and she is not pleased with what she sees: “daddy, you look better with your glasses on.” (9) The idea that the child prefers her dad with glasses on is interpreted to the girl never wanting to lose her father because he is all she has, and she is indirectly aware of that. She is use to his face and never wants it to leave her.
and her relationship to her only parental figure
It is immediately implied that that young girl’s father does not have a permanent spouse. This fact is not plainly said in the text but it is assumed through the child’s point of view: “He’s alone, no lady friend beside him this...