The neighbor girl stopped by while my kids were watching an old episode of The Muppet Show.
“Oh! I know this show,” she said, “This is where they are all puppets and, like, there are people inside of them and stuff, right?”
“Well, yeah,” I said. “Mostly. But… Not that guy though.”
“No. All of them. I saw a thing about it. They are all puppets.”
“Well yeah, but not the guy with the cigar, right? He’s real, right?”
She shook her head, “There is a guy inside of him doing the voices. I saw a thing about it.”
“But, that’s George Burns.”
She settled onto the couch between my daughters, “Yes. He’s a puppet.”
After that, I had to go upstairs and lie down for a while. My mind was spinning. Was my whole life is a lie? Why did no one tell me that George Burns was a puppet? Who else is a puppet? Andre the Giant? Tom Cruise? Are you a puppet?? Am I a puppet?!?!