Giving thanks in 2017
It is the Sunday after Thanksgiving 2017 as I write this blog. Coffee has been made, my children are still sleeping, and our new cat Piper has been fed (more on her in a bit). 2017 has been another year of growth for myself and Wump Mucket Puppets.
My puppets have performed for so many people this year, including our fourth year at Fall Feast Cincinnati on Thanksgiving Day. It was during these performances that I began to think how fortunate I am to be a puppeteer in the age of instant digital entertainment. It takes time, including many late nights, some frustration (especially with using computers), and lots of hard work to get to where I am now. What the audience sees onstage is thirty minutes of fun, that has taken many, many weeks of puppet building, script and song writing, and prop building/painting. And I love every step of producing a puppet show. It thrills me that my audience is enjoying it too. I am thankful for having the opportunity to perform for so many children.
So why do I puppeteer? Why spend weeks working on a puppet that will be performing for only five minutes in a show? Why do I drive hundreds and hundreds of miles around the country to reach my audience? The answer is one word, LOVE. I love what I do. I love to hear children laugh and clap when my characters perform. I love having a parent tell me that their child sings my silly songs at home. I love when my son helps me set up the stage and sound equipment, or when my daughter gives me feedback on a puppet design or song idea. I love sharing joy through puppetry.
And speaking of love, we have a new family member, our family adopted Piper this past week. She came to us through Cincinnati Cats, she is eight years old and blind. Piper has won our hearts with her charm and cuddling.