Most of us have heard of the book, Everything I Know I Learned in Kindergarten. I actually never read the whole book. I have this bad habit of getting into a book and if it bores me for more than two pages or I find something else an octave more exciting to do, the book gets put down. I am sure all the books I have put down half way through have their own support group going at this point.
BPDBD Group – Books Put Down By Darlene (she really did like you!)
Ok, I’m getting loopy.
My point is… almost everything I have learned in my entire life, yes, my entire life, I learned from watching Muppets.
Sharing, caring, winning, losing, spelling, grumpiness, selfishness, hedonism, lust, jealousy… yeah, it’s starting to sound like the throwback pile for the dwarf that would not be.
I learned obsession and cruel jealousy from watching Miss Piggy swoon and curse over Kermie. I remember one episode when Kermit was to do a duet with a woman (Linda Rondstadt I think) and Miss Piggy locked her in a closet! Miss Piggy… why? I loved it when Kermie went virtually insane that he would run screaming off the stage or set, arms flailing… AHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I learned spazzing from Grover and Animal, grouchiness from Oscar and the goons in the balcony, Silliness from Ernie, Seriousness from Bert (which sounds and acts a lot like Squidward of Spongebob Squarepants). And I learned all about feelings: happy, sad, hurt, angry from the one and only Big Bird.
But my most favorite Muppet of them all is and will always be Kermit the Frog. He is on the November 11th cover of Entertainment Weekly. Go! Check him out in all his handsome greenness.
Remember…. “it ain’t easy being green.”
Were you able to identify with any Muppet characters when you were a child? How about as an adult?
Have a happy weekend 80’s heads!