On Tuesday evening I had the pleasure of performing for the guests at the Ronald McDonald House in Cincinnati. I am honored that the staff invited me to entertain the children and their families and share my love of puppetry with them for an hour of their day.
When I was a young boy I made a few trips to the hospital. I remember that they can be very scary place for children. As an toddler I found the open cellar door and rode my walker straight down the cellar stairs. Luckily I can’t remember this. My parents told me that I was cut up pretty bad. As I grew up I had my share of stitches and other common childhood bangs & scrapes, nothing serious enough to stay in the hospital. Our community is very fortunate to have the Ronald McDonald House available to families who’s children need special care.
Meeting with the children in the audience after the show was a very heart warming experience. One little girl told me that she was going to make a sister for Cyril when she went home. Several of the children let their imaginations wander and pretended to swim around the theatre with Cyril and his tail. It was a magical moment that I will never forget.
After the puppets were packed into the Wump Mucket mobile, I took a tour of the Ronald McDonald House with volunteers Rhiannon Jones and her grandmother (who’s been a RMHC volunteer for over 10 years!). What an amazing place it is! Not only do they have a children’s theatre that is perfect for a puppet show (and swimming with sea serpents), but there is a library, large lounges to relax or read in, a game room, and guest rooms for the families staying there. Everyone who volunteers, donates, and helps in what ever way that they can are “fab-tastic” people! Thanks again to the guests and staff for allowing me the opportunity to share my talents with you.