When I was about eleven I was having tea in a friend's house across town. His mother called us in to eat, and told us that a new children's program was starting that night. We were eleven and well beyond children's programs, but to keep her happy we left it on. It was the first episode of The Muppet Show. My friend loved it, and I was completely blown away. It transformed the art of puppetry, and I am still a huge fan. The last Muppet Movie was a great evening for me and my kids.
The same night as we saw The Muppet Show for the first time, I had Macaroni Cheese for the first time. I wish that had blown me away too, but unfortunately not. Too much pasta, and too little sauce!
Now that I am older I make a mean Macaroni Cheese myself, and I am still obsessed with puppets. This weekend I am introducing a new puppet into the act - Spit, the last wolf in Ireland.
Introducing a new puppet is a slow process. There are so many puppets out there, but occasionally you will see one that instantly attracts you. Spit was one of those. Then that puppet sits at home for years, because you don't know how he will fit into the show. Then you take him out and sit him in the car, talking to him as you drive for a few weeks. Eventually he begins to answer you, and his character develops. That happened this week.
So on Sunday he comes out of the car and performs with me. I can't wait. I will be in Craganowen, the Bronze Age settlement near Quin in County Clare for the Easter Egg hunt. I will be at an egg hunt in the Lifetime Lab in Cork on Friday, and in Bunratty Castle on Monday. Great fun, but the highlight will be Spit's first performance.