Earlier this week, actress Sonia Manzano, who has played the beloved "Maria" on Sesame Street for 44 years, announced that she was leaving the show.
And once news began to circulate Thursday that the favorite co-owner of the show's Fix-It Shop was retiring, the Internet exploded with all the feels.
Some refused to believe it.
Is Maria allowed to retire from Sesame Street? How does that work?— NYTFridge (@NYTFridge) July 2, 2015
NOOOO!!! Maria is leaving Sesame St!?!? She can't LEAVE!! She is Sesame St! ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ http://t.co/cVgfRnCxId— J.M Ballard (@JoanB102001) July 2, 2015
Maria can't leave Sesame Street. 44 YEARS? I don't damn think so. You're a fixture ma'am. Sit down. pic.twitter.com/mM0o1VI7Dn— JeSuisDukesofHazzard (@TMikaMouse) July 2, 2015
Some were experiencing denial of a completely different kind.
HER NAME ISN'T REALLY MARIA??!!?? http://t.co/AhUX8CLQzz— Kristabella (@kristabella) July 2, 2015
I'm kinda messed up that Maria on Sesame Street isn't really named Maria. In my defense, Ive known her since I was 3— Sasha Devlin (@SashaDevlin) July 2, 2015
Then came the ALL-CAPS.
Maria is leaving Sesame Street! Who's going to fix the toaster? ¿¿¿¿— Robin Benway (@robinbenway) June 30, 2015
HOW IN THE HELL MARIA GON' LEAVE SESAME STREET???— The JuggOrNah (@SirShaneSupreme) July 2, 2015
Others figured there must be some way around it.
After 44 years, Maria is leaving Sesame Street. This is a problem that must be solved.— Emily Lang (@emilylangok) July 2, 2015
Maybe I can be the new Maria on Sesame Street?— Jared Hitchcock (@JaredHitch) July 2, 2015
Don't think so, Jared.
And then, there were those who just let all their emotions hang out.
When you hear Maria is leaving 'Sesame Street' pic.twitter.com/rBpCzsOygl— TrivWorks (@TrivWorks) July 2, 2015
1. Wonders why Sesame Street is trending. 2. Sees that Maria is retiring. 3. Bursts into tears.— LJ (@VeganliciousLJ) July 2, 2015
I just had an emotional breakdown because Maria is leaving Sesame Street...& I'm 39! Good to know I'm completely stable this week.— A.D.D. Music Mamma (@AddMusicMamma) July 2, 2015
In the end, plenty of fans gave Manzano a warm send-off, sharing treasured memories from their childhood.
So, Maria is leaving Sesame Street. Gotta admit, she's been on that show for most of her life. At 65, she deserves the rest!— Blast-It Babs (@TDot_Babs) July 2, 2015
Thank you to Sonia Manzano, Maria from Sesame Street, for making the world a more loving, magical place for 45 years. :) She was a favorite.— Shelly (@wolfnchiclothng) July 1, 2015
And maybe one last plea to come back.@cmaiducCopyright © 2017, Los Angeles Times