Posted By Kathleen David on November 17, 2012
I haven’t done this in a couple of years but I thought, considering all that is going on right now, I would revive it.
Every time I post a blog I put at the end “I am grateful” and whatever comes to mind. It gives me a moment to pause and reflect on the good things in my life.
Thanksgiving is a time, for me, to reflect a little more on what I am grateful for.
I though about breaking down into groups but I think I am going to be a little more freeform about it.
I am thankful for puppets. Kind of broad I know but there is so much of my life that has been influenced by or directly changed by puppets.
My first puppets that I can remember were a Wizard of Oz set you got with Downey Fabric softener. Eventually the plastic bodies were destroyed with excessive but the heads lasted a long time. I think Toto is still kicking somewhere around my parents house.
I loved to watch Kukla, Fran, and Ollie on Saturday mornings. I watched Mr. Rogers and the Neighborhood of Make-Believe was my favorite part of the show. I watched Captain Kangaroo and laughed at the antics of Mr. Moose and Bun-bun. I was older when Sesame Street came on (6 years old) but I enjoyed it with my brothers and sister over the years. The Muppet Show was Must See TV in our household. We had the Center for Puppetry Arts open in Atlanta (still there and still a wonderful place).
Puppets were just part of my life and gave me many hours of joy.
Puppets introduced me to people I might not have met otherwise. Including Neil Gaiman, the Hensons, the Frouds, Peter Davison, David Carradine, John Barrowman, and (most importantly) my Husband. But there are countless scores of other people that I have met through my puppets. I am part of a tribe of puppeteers and I am proud to be part of that tribe. I am thankful for each and every puppeteer I have met in my life.
Puppets were what I first started entering into Art Shows and first felt confident enough to call myself an Artist. I have gotten compliments. I have heard people giggle while looking at them. I have watched children become entranced by the characters I create.
Since then I have built a lot of puppets over the years. I built some for professional productions, some for private collections, some for fun, and some for charity. I love building puppets. It makes me feel good that I can. And there are a lot of people I thank here for teaching me all kinds of different skills that allow me to make them.
So I guess I did make this one a themed thankful.
I am so very grateful for puppets.