Why are there so many songs about rainbows
And what’s on the other side?
Rainbows are visions, but only illusions,
And rainbows have nothing to hide.
So we’ve been told and some choose to believe it
I know they’re wrong, wait and see.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection,
The lovers, the dreamers and me. — Kermit the Frog
Sometimes, in the midst of all the news — all that stuff that we adults find so very, very important, until it’s not. In the midst of all that, something happens that is just “right.”
That happened this week when the announcement was made about the preservation of an American icon.
According to the Associated Press report: “The original Kermit the Frog, his body created with an old dull-green coat and his eyes made of pingpong balls, has returned home to the nation’s capital, where the puppet got his start.
“The first Kermit creation from Jim Henson’s Muppet’s collection appeared in 1955 on the early TV show ‘Sam and Friends,’ produced at Washington’s WRC-TV. Henson’s widow Jane Henson on Wednesday donated 10 characters from the show to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.”
For those of us who grew up on Muppets, who, then, brought up out own kids with the fuzzy, big-hearted characters in our lives, there is just something very “right” about them having a place in the Smithsonian.
Jane Henson, by the way, is 76.
Where did the time go?
Grab it while you can.
Join the lovers, the dreamers and Kermit, while there is still time.
Keep searching for that rainbow connection, whatever it means in your life.
And in the midst of all the bad news, take heart that Americans still want to save a bit of an old coat, turned into a character we have loved for a couple of generations now.
Way to go, Kermit.
— Chuck Smith