BOB THE PUPPET AND FRIENDS

Into every life some giggles must fall, just for sanity’s sake.  Puppets and teddy bears always seem to find me, so they deserve their own gallery.

For several years I was a volunteer puppeteer at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C.  I was the voice of “Polly Sue Sadnow,” a young girl puppet preparing for her first operation – a tonsillectomy.  At the end of the show, children facing upcoming procedures would rapidly gather around the puppets, hug them, and share concerns – all while basically ignoring the humans whose hands made the puppets come alive.

It was a magical time – healing before the surgery that would require healing.

Then, one day, bureaucracy took hold and the powers-that-be decreed that the live show would be better as a video.   Children can’t hug a video screen, nor can they tell it their fears and get a direct, soothing, personal reply.  An era died.

But the magic of puppets and other stuffed friends still continues today for me, as I usually cart one or more along when visiting the sick, the sad or the lonely – wherever a smile is needed.  Regardless of ages involved, arms still reach out for a hug and the smiles aren’t far behind.    Meet Bob the Puppet and some of his friends.

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  1. donna sue
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    I love Bob! He is my friend…………

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