Puppeteer Ricky Syers is known for his handmade marionettes that he makes dance for visitors in New York City's Washington Square Park.
While longtime neighbor, Doris Diether, had been fond of Ricky's work, she first approached him on July 30, 2013.
"One day she comes up to me and whispers, 'I have something for you,'" Ricky recalled. Inside a scrapbook, she revealed published articles she had written on marionettes in the '70s. She also had collected newspaper clippings on Ricky's work. Needless to say, he was stunned by the gesture.
"This marionette thing has bonded us," he shared, revealing he created one "in honor of her." Doris' doppelgänger shares her short white hair and rosy cheeks, and is dressed in a floral blouse and skirt complete with a handbag and cane!
Despite the fact she could only whisper at the time due to an injury she suffered in 2012, the 85-year-old walked around the park and "[told] everyone about her puppet," Ricky said. "She's got this whole new breath of life in her."
But in October 2013, Ricky was in for a major surprise. He heard Doris' voice for the first time after she had surgery on her vocal cords.
For him, their friendship has been a huge honor. "People don't know the great things she's done for the area," he said about her role on the West Village Community Board.
Without her, "the Village would have looked like the Bronx," he told the New York Daily News.
Watch a clip of Doris' marionette below!
"Doris" by RicKy Syers from RicKy Syers on Vimeo.
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