Chaos Theory: A Unified Theory of Muppet Types
Apparently, I am Kermit the Frog, an Order Muppet. There might be legitimate arguments that I am a closet Chaos Muppet, but the first one to come to mind was Super Grover, the hapless hero whose superpower is causing trouble (but that would better describe the husband).
Years ago, my friends and I were up late one night and decided to assign Muppet identities to others in our group. I am more than sure that my alter ego was Big Bird, which was hardly a stretch given my tall, yellow, awkward appearance. We handed out some pretty hilarious, yet remarkably accurate Muppet identities based on personality and appearance--from Miss Piggy to the Count, Fozzie Bear, Beaker, Guy Smiley, Dr. Teeth, Oscar the Grouch, Biff and Sully, and of course, Elmo. (Yes, I remember exactly who was who, and NO I am not telling :)
Some twenty years later, I would have to reject the Big Bird label in favor of someone more mature. Although I often feel like the overly fretful and neurotic Telly Monster, I would hope that I am not that depressing. Like Kermit, I am predictable, particular and I have to have things just so. I am a manager, director and producer; I am not the self-centered needy talent. I stay in on Friday nights to get ready for the meetings I have to attend on Saturday mornings. I miss social events because I have work to finish. I am always planning and plotting and strategizing for the next big move.
It's not easy being green (and believe it or not, that was one of my favorite Muppet songs as a child).
Now that I think about it, I always preferred the Orderly Muppets to the Chaotic Muppets--Bert (individualist) to Ernie (psychopath); Scooter (needed the show to go on) to Gonzo (overrated hack); Snuffy (perennial pessimist) to Big Bird (clueless dodo bird); and the critics Statler and Waldorf (totally honest) to the Two-Headed Monster (no idea).
What does any of this mean to a Busy Black Woman? Personally, it meant that someone understood me long before I ever thought to give my mania a name. I am not a monster or a freak--I am just your average hard-working frog...