We went to the downtown library's puppet fest last weekend and saw several puppet shows. They were all fun, and the kids loved them. But the last one completely blew our minds! I just don't know how to adequately explain that you simply must go and see these guys if they ever come to town. It also made me reflect on something that, as a teenager, I would have been very surprised to hear my future-adult self say.
I love nerds! If I could I would completely surround myself with people that follow their passion irregardless of the social acceptability of it. I was thinking about this 65 year old man, Mr. Cashmore, and his wife, that run the show. He's devoted his life to marionettes and he's incredible! And he's unabashedly nerdy about that. I kept thinking, Wow! I wish we were friends with those guys!
Clay has recently gotten really into bonsai trees. These days if I can't find him, he's usually curled up on the couch watching bonsai videos on YouTube or out digging trees up out of abandoned lots. That's one of the things I love about him. He gets passionate about things. It's only as an adult that I realized that often what makes someone a "nerd" is that they simply love what they love, without concern for whether or not it's "cool."
Around here, we sometimes refer to people as "legitimately cool," i.e. above and beyond a pale and shallow coolness, or simply someone who embraces what they're passionate about. I love those kind of people! And let me tell you, these Cashmore Marionette people were legitimately cool! So, check out their touring schedule and if you can, go and see them! You can say it's for the kids, but if you want to just own it, I will totally think it's awesome if you want to geek out about marionettes :)
PS Confession: I took a marionette making class in high school (can you even believe they offered such a thing?!) and it was one of my absolute favorite classes!!