When I was a kid, I used to do puppetry
. I'd do birthday
parties and also entertained people at arts and craft shows
and flea markets
while my parents made and sold the puppets
to passersby. It was a lot of fun. When time came for us to actually make it into a business
so my Mom could do the taxes
properly, they asked me what I wanted to call the puppet company. I thought Rainbow Puppets
was a neat name, since the puppets I used contained all the colors of the rainbow
. Well I didn't have an indigo
colored puppet but you get the idea.
But then when I got into junior high school kids started making fun of me. Puppets were baby toys and the fact my hero Jim Henson managed to make a good living at it was irrelevant. Then I found out that a rainbow was actually a symbol for homosexuality. Needless to say I was a little embarrassed. This mighta worked if I were actually gay, but I'm not so it just made me feel like an idiot. I guess we could have just changed the name of the company, but my Dad already invested money in T-shirts for all of us. By the time I got into high school I was just too busy for it, and my parents eventually dropped it. I still kinda miss it though. It was fun, and for awhile there it looked like I was going to be able to turn it into a career. I wonder what woulda happened if I stuck with it?