I have very little, to no regrets. This is mostly due to the fact that everything I’ve wanted to do, I’ve either done, or I plan to do later in life. One of these dreams, is that I’d love to one day be, a puppeteer. The Muppet Show and Sesame Street both have had huge impacts on my life, and have almost certainly played a part in shaping me in to the man that I am today. When I am around the people that I feel the most comfortable, I find that I put on silly voices to talk to them, in a effort to cheer them up or lighten the mood. More often than not, these voices tend to be ones that have a caring tone to them, expressing to that person, that I’m worried about them, or that I just want to know if they’re okay. Both shows especially Sesame Street would get me in trouble at school. I always remember my first teacher Miss Price telling me “it’s not Zee it’s Zed Robert!” Nevertheless, her extensive efforts at Colonial integration were lost, as I still make that mistake today, twenty five years on, much to my own embarrassment as it’s normally to the people, that care about such trivia. Thanks to one man, my sense of humor is and will always be branded as being silly, he taught both myself and my twin brother, the importance of ignoring the inhibitions of an adult, that friendship among kindred spirits is as important as family. And that having fun and wearing a smile was what life is all about, I am of course talking about Jim Henson.
The most sophisticated people I know – inside they are all children.
In May of 1990 Jim Henson Died at the age of 53. This was the first time in my life that I was affected emotionally by the death of someone, that I’d never met. I knew his work or too well! Labyrinth on VHS, that tape, would spend most of its time being watched from beginning to end, on none other than a typical drizzly Plymouth Sunday, only to find that it would then, be rewound back to the beginning again for another blast directly into mine and my brothers retinas. Our beloved sister even wrote to Jim il Fix It, to see if he would fix it for us, to be the special guest stars of the Muppet Show; you can imagine both of our disappointments, when several months later, a letter came back informing us, that the show had been cancelled, 7 years earlier, and that we had been watching reruns. This was unfortunate, nevertheless, the spell Jim Henson had cast on us both, made you believe that fun and being silly, was nothing to be ashamed of. His Worlds were full of magic and wonder, his creations meant so much to my childhood optimistic mind, that dreamed of adventure, comradeship among exciting and funny characters, and of course, the importance of love.
Leeta, when you judge somebody, it’s like throwing a boomerang – goes in a circle and comes back to the one who throws it. Love is like that too. Always comes back
A few nights ago I had the pleasure of an evening to myself. All of my housemates were out, apart from the old lady ghost, that shows up every now and then to give me the willies! Apart from the terrifying anticipation of her uninvited pleasure, the evening was perfect. I decided to make myself a posh dinner to enjoy, and pop on a film. I was feeling rather reflective that evening, so decided that a documentary was in order. The film I finally settled on was about the puppeteer Kevin Clash. Kevin is Elmo, and his story is quite remarkable and extremely moving. I urge everyone to watch the film, its called Being Elmo. The history of the man, his relentless work ethic together made for such an inspiring story. However, it was the films message of love that really got to me. Puppets are effectively a channeling device for the puppeteers soul, through the puppet, they express their kindness, and love for the world. If that isn’t important and worth doing, then I don’t know what is.