Today is Jim Henson’s 75th birthday. Take a moment and remember this wonderful man who created so many wonderful moments in our childhood. Who helped facilitate our growth as people. Who let our little imaginations grow and change as much as we wanted. I have been a Muppet fan since I was very small, and though my relationship with them has changed and evolved over the years, I will always love the characters and worlds Jim Henson created. I love that his spirit continues to influence his company and the work that they do.
Jim Henson was a man who had a profound impact on everyone around him, whether it was his family, friends, or the millions of people who enjoy his productions. He was instrumental in the upbringing of thousands of children, in the inspiration of those around him, in making this world just a bit better. He was known for his creations, his imagination, and his simple nature. I want to share something that was in a letter he wrote his children, but I think could apply to all of us:
“Life is meant to be fun, and joyous, and fulfilling. May each of yours be that—having each of you as a child of mine has certainly been one of the good things in my life. Know that I’ve always loved each of you with an eternal, bottomless love. A love that has nothing to do with each other, for I feel my love for each of you is total and all-encompassing. Please watch out for each other and love and forgive everybody. It’s a good life, enjoy it.”
Happy Birthday, Jim.