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Muppet Legacy {a week of thanksgiving}

by Andrea Updyke

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It’s funny how simply trying to be thankful can unearth a host of emotions. Saturday we were given the opportunity to attend an advanced screening of the new movie The Muppets. I won’t say anything about the movie other than it is definitely a must see. Jerry and I took Oscar and we all loved it. But something special happened for me and I knew instantly that I would need to write it down.

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Like a majority of people who are a product of the 70s, I was raised on The Muppet Show. I wasn’t a huge fan necessarily, it was just part of the cultural backdrop of my childhood. As I watched the movie, I became strongly moved and thankful for my formative years. It’s no small thing that my parents sacrificed and cared for me. That they took the time to listen and be corrected so that they could correct me when I strayed. Sitting in that theater, I was amazed that something as simple as Kermit the Frog could evoke such emotion, but it did.

Jerry called it my Muppet high and that’s pretty accurate. I came away from the movie feeling like I just had a really fantastic first date. I was a little giddy, feeling good and wanting more. I actually had to sit in the dark theater for a few minutes to collect myself. I doubt many people will have this reaction to the movie, but for me it was really special.

Growing up is a strange thing. One day you are making lists and deciding what your path will be, and the next you are cultivating the dreams of the next generation. I think I am only beginning to realize the depth and quality of my upbringing and I am so very thankful for my parents and their parents who didn’t take raising their children lightly. I can only hope that my children will know that kind of love through our parenting. I would be honored to carry on such a legacy.

This post is part of {a week of thanksgiving}, the week long series dedicated to giving thanks. Topics can be anything from the super-serious to light-hearted and fun. If you wish to join in, feel free to use my thanksgiving writing prompts or freestyle. Then just link up your post each day and read another one or two. Feel free to share on twitter with hashtag #weekofthanks.

Thanks so much for reading!

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suzanne @ pretty swell November 22, 2011 - 9:19 am

The Muppet high! So true. I can hardly wait to see this movie, and I imagine I might have a similar reaction.

LOVE your week of thanksgiving series. Late to the party, but hoping to link up soon.

xo!

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Kristy November 22, 2011 - 9:39 am

We are taking the boys to see the muppet movie this weekend. It’s our first time taking the boys to a movie the day after Thanksgiving, which was a long-time family tradition. I don’t know who’s more excited, me or them!!

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Steph November 22, 2011 - 12:35 pm

It 100% was a blast from the nostalgic past. Part of the reason I loved it so much.

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Jenny November 22, 2011 - 1:40 pm

I have been looking forward to this movie for MONTHS. Muppets was very much an active part of my upbringing… we watched it religiously every week (after my brother and i were showered and in pjs, of course). I love reading your reflection on it and what it meant to you to watch it. I especially love that my husband shares the same affection for Muppets… I’m taking a box of tissues. 😉

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Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting November 22, 2011 - 2:44 pm

I can’t wait to see this!!

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Melissa {adventuroo} November 22, 2011 - 4:22 pm

I used to LOVE the Muppets (and SO wish I could have gone to see this). I still love them and every time the kids see the commercial they laugh.

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Shana D November 22, 2011 - 9:06 pm

I wasn’t a big fan of the muppets growing up yet I love them now too. Isn’t it funny how that works.

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Cyndi November 24, 2011 - 7:23 am

I can’t WAIT to see it! I totally grew up on The Muppets and am now teaching my kids to love them, too. When they’re cracking up on the floor over the Swedish Chef, I feel that means I’m doing a good job at parenting. And you’re right — it’s the perfect symbol of my very sheltered, very loving upbringing.

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