It’s probably true that most parents are happy when their children take an interest in something that they both enjoy. Some dads may share their love of baseball (my father was a HUGE baseball fan), or perhaps a mother may enjoy gardening with her children. Every family has their own shared interests. In our house, we are into puppets… a little bit.
Today’s puppet show performance was very special to me. It was the first time that I performed with someone else, that someone was my almost seven year old daughter Eleanor. She asked me a couple of days ago if she could “do something” in the show. Seeing that she seemed very interested I told her sure, and asked if she wished to perform. Earlier in the day she even put on a little “warm-up” puppet show for her brother Tiernan and I to enjoy:
About an hour before I loaded the puppet gear into our car, Eleanor seemed hesitant about performing. As much as I wanted her to perform with me, I was not going to push her. “Besides”, I told her, “you’ll be inside the puppet stage with me where no one can see you.” That seemed to settle her fears, and she was ready to perform with her toy puppet “Pinky”.
As you can imagine, my children have been around puppets their entire lives. When they were very young, I would perform my puppets to entertain them. Eleanor would often ask to talk to Cyril, and would seem to have “private” conversations with the puppet -even though her daddy was right there operating the puppet. Somehow I doubt that will happen when she’s a teenager. Which is why I am happy that she has the interest in puppetry now while she is young and able to use her young imagination right along with me. Who knows? Maybe Eleanor and Tiernan will be the second generation of the Wump Mucket Puppets.