Caroll Spinney "Oscar and Big Bird" attends SiriusXM's Town Hall with original cast members from Sesame Street commemorating the 45th anniversary of the celebrated series debut on public television moderated by Weekend TODAY co-anchor Erica Hill on Oct. 9, 2014 in New York City.
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May 7, 2015 8:18 PM EDT

Time to get your Kleenex ready: Puppeteer Caroll Spinney—who has played the yellow-feathered Big Bird for more than 45 years on Sesame Street—did a Reddit AMA Thursday to promote the documentary I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story. In it, he answered this question, among others: “What has been your most meaningful interaction with a child during filming? Or maybe from someone who grew up watching you and relayed a poignant story?”

It’s best to read his complete response with tissues in hand. Here’s what he sent:

Read Spinney’s full AMA here.

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