Factoid Friday: A Thank You Note to Lambie
This hat’s off should start with a thank you to Sheri Lewis. Ms. Lewis was a singer, comic, actor, puppeteer, and ventriloquist, who was featured on many variety shows in my childhood and always made children feel important and special in her work. She was a regular on Hollywood Squares, the game show, and always brought one of her puppets to say the funny and hard things.
Ms Lewis’ puppet Lamb Chop was quite an inspiration and was the youngest of her puppets in her act and always had to learn a lesson. I suddenly realize now as I write this that Lamb Chop was teaching children – how to learn like a child – and the lessons that the world offers up to us. I now believe, at this very moment, that Ms. Lewis was writing her scripts from the Bible and offering them up to everyone through her puppets. Wow! Took me long enough!
Well, we owe a debt of gratitude to that Lamb Chop Puppet. When babies are having such major surgeries as with Cleft Palate repair, they must keep their hands and fingers out of their mouths. Splints with tongue depressors inside are placed on the child’s arms after each surgery and are worn for about 8 weeks to minimize infection or nerve damage. There is no thumb sucking or nose rubbing or blankies to the cheek comforting available to the baby/child.
We found that Lambie the puppet placed over the whole arm…covered up the splints and diminished conversation about the splints and allowed our child to take the loose floppy paw and soothe herself on her forehead without pressure or risks. Lambie was accidentally locked in the church one night and the pastor came back to open the door; knowing how important she was. Lambie has been to college – though is home now on a trial basis.
So thank you Sheri Lewis and Lamb Chop and Lambie…
What brings you comfort and soothes you in difficult times?