As a kid, I loved playing with puppets. I would always write my own puppet plays and play them out for Lacy or for my stuffed animals or parents (depending on if Lacy wanted to play puppets with me or if she wanted to just watch.) In 6th grade my best friend and I were the puppeteers for the school counselor, although that wasn’t much fun because the voices were pre-taped and we just moved the puppets’ arms around and their mouths according to the voices talking.
In Sunday school, I was a puppeteer when my parents taught the children’s Bible hour. It was loads of fun, and I loved helping my mom write the plays that would speak to the younger kids each Sunday. I would have even more fun playing the voice of one or two of the puppets.
In the summer of 2000, my church was holding a 3 day VBS, “Finding the Characterprints of Jesus”. There were 5 lessons:
Lesson 1 – Jesus was humble.
Lesson 2 – Jesus was forgiving.
Lesson 3 – Jesus was faithful.
Lesson 4 – Jesus was loving.
Lesson 5 – Jesus was brave.
The point of the VBS was to encourage the kids to be detectives and find out ways to be like Jesus Christ. I remember, the instigator of the VBS was trying to come up with a fun way to close out each day’s activities, and so my mom offered us to make a puppet skit and put it on for the rest of the kids (and adults, too). I had so much fun with VBS that year. Mom played the cheery Happy the bear, Lacy played the lighthearted Cocoa the dog, I played the sassy Snowball the cat, and we got another gentle-voiced woman from church to play the amiable Fable the panda. Needless to say, our skits were a hit.