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Kermit: A Mississippi icon

51e20-23668_376065413193_501338193_3573560_4959007_nI’ve been a fan of Kermit the Frog for a long time. And because the new “Muppets” movie comes out this week, I thought I’d take a moment to share some of the Kermit things I own and point you toward other cool Kermit finds.

The reason I have a soft spot in my heart for Kermit is because, of course, I grew up in the 1970s and ’80s, and loved “The Muppet Show” and “Sesame Street.” (I’m sure many of you can relate.)

But it’s also because Kermit is officially recognized as a Mississippian along with his creator Jim Henson. Leland, Miss., is known as “the birthplace of Kermit the Frog.”

Deer Creek has even been recognized by community leaders as the spot where Kermit swam as a tadpole. 6d375-23668_376079438193_501338193_3573845_7724660_nKermit was also the grand marshal of the St. Paddy’s Day parade in Jackson a couple of years ago. A giant Kermit balloon made its way down the street, and I wore a handcrafted Kermit shirt for the occasion that I may have to revive for the movie this weekend, seeing as how there aren’t ample opportunities to wear a handcrafted Kermit shirt. 1e474-317677_10150417013448194_501338193_8454998_1979069102_n

I have also picked up a few other Kermit items, like these Kermit earrings (below) I found on Etsy that accompanied my parade shirt. aa9d2-58488_434393388193_501338193_4955673_919238_nAnd I found this Kermit phone recently at a Ridgeland consignment store. I couldn’t resist it. 93755-il_fullxfull-135937102

Etsy is a good source for finding other Kermit merchandise, both vintage and handmade, so I looked this morning and found a Kermit ring and an applique that blends Mississippi’s two most iconic personalities – Elvis and Kermit.

32026-il_fullxfull-280110025To read a Q & A with Kermit the Frog from The Clarion-Ledger, click here.Got a comment? E-mail me at or Tweet me at @lareecarucker.



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