So this sand bucket thing is getting a little exhausting. Remember how I said that one of my things on my list was to play with our puppet theater? Just for the record, I really did get down on my knees and give it a go, and now I know why the kids don’t play with it that much.
It was a gorgeous day, lots of sunshine, aspen leaves fluttering all over our back deck, Ricky and Deborah so excited that I was going to actually play with them. Really, it seemed promising.
I started out as the knight and Deborah was the cowgirl princess, who I was supposed to protect. Ricky was the dragon, and he just pounded the poor knight to death.
“Ow! My arm!” I yelled. “I mean, Ow! My whole entire knight body!” My arm was taking some pretty serious abuse from the dragon, and sorry Mr. Rogers, this was not feeling like the Neighborhood of Make-Believe at all.
After the knight was dead, I tried being a police officer. He went to the doughnut shop, and the dragon showed up again.
I tried to cooperate. “Hey, dragon, if I give you a doughnut, will you be nice?”
“How about three doughnuts?”
“No doughnuts! I want to be bad!”
“Ow! My arm!”
Unfortunately, Ricky and Deborah were determined to follow the exact same plot no matter what puppets we used. I’m thinking that maybe I shouldn’t have let Ricky and Deborah watch King Kong the night before.
Anyway, I can say I tried. Maybe I should just try one more time. What do you think?
Feature here: A slow motion reenactment of the fight with the dragon and the knight. Scroll down really fast and it will feel like a movie.