We recently watched the documentary Being Elmo, which was absolutely superb. It’s about Kevin Clash, the somewhat unlikely puppeteer who made Elmo a worldwide sensation. Someone in the movie said, “When a puppet is true, and good, and meaningful— that’s the soul of the puppeteer you’re seeing.”
I used to think that Elmo was annoying— because I hadn’t experienced Elmo with my kids. My perception has completely changed. Now I’m a BIG Elmo fan! You should see Sonya. She lights up when Elmo appears! (He tremendously helped with Sonya’s potty training).
So I finally understand why Elmo touches so many people’s hearts. Whoopi Goldberg provided a key insight in the movie: “The thing that people love about Elmo is he needs them.”
That statement really resonated with me. It made me more aware of how I could emphasize to Sonya and Leena how MUCH I need them each and every day. I’ve noticed that both girls feel so happy, so proud, so important when they’re empowered to help or give back. I’ve been watching and learning from Elmo.
Sonya let Daddy take Elmo on his trip. I think Drex’s embodiment of Elmo would make Kevin Clash very proud. The way Drex handles Elmo represents the respect, compassion, and love that abides in his soul. All the way from Dublin, Drex is able to convey something profound through a five-inch-tall furry red monster.
One of the best moments from today was watching Elmo roll an apple across the bed so he could have a healthy snack.