Warning: A little piece of your childhood will die today. Sesame Street‘s beloved Fix-It Shop co-owner Maria, who has been making kids smile for 45 years, won’t be returning to the neighbourhood next season. But with this retirement announcement, comes even bigger, earth-shattering news.
Maria isn’t really Maria.
Her real name is Sonia Manzano.
Sonia! As in, not Maria!
We weren’t the only ones left reeling from the news. Other loyal viewers were just as shocked by the revelation and, like us, are now left questioning the meaning of life:
Her name wasn’t really Maria? Was all my childhood a lie? RT @Gabriel_Velez1 After 45 years on Sesame Street, Maria(Sonia Manzano) to retire
— The Underachiever (@skater80) July 1, 2015
Why am I more devastated that Maria’s real name was not Maria on Sesame Street? — Sandra Bae O’Connor (@BlackDebutante) July 2, 2015
— Terri Saulter (@saultert) July 2, 2015
But the truth bombs don’t stop there. Get this:
We’re done. We’re actually done. Way to destroy our childhood, Sesame Street.
But in all seriousness, we’ll truly miss you, Sonia (or whoever you are). You’ll always be Maria to us.