“Being a clown is my job. I do this for the kids.”


So, I’m in the elevator going up to the office. I’m the only one in the elevator standing up at the back of the elevator, and about five teenagers get on the elevator. And the last guy to get on the elevator looks around and sees me and say ‘I’m afraid of clowns’ and I said ‘well, I’m afraid of teenagers’. So, they burst out laughing. It’s a way of getting through to teens, you know, to join in with them. But they become my best allies in the long run, they’re very supportive. When I go into a clinic and there’s a lot of teenagers working on their Gameboys or whatever, I look at med students and say, ‘do not look at the teens, they’re a little nervous they don’t want to be seen with a clown – so, don’t talk to them’. They can hear me and you can see them starting to chuckle quietly. Immediately the interaction starts. My best conversations are with the 4 years old, because I’m 4. I don’t ask kids their age because you don’t want to ask kids how old they are. So, I ask what grade you’re in and I give them my quiz or word of the day. I have ‘words’ of the day. Today’s word says ‘URAQT’. It spells ‘you are a cutie’ – that’s the only way I get my compliment around here. Kids are great. The hardest part is when I see the parents crying in the background. That’s hard. So, you don’t look at the parents ‘cause the kids don’t know how serious things are. So, I tell the kids to not look at the parents. I’ve been a clown since 2001. I’m a retire nurse. There’s not very many who are afraid of me. I stay away from any kids that seem afraid, and within 10 minutes they’re standing next to me.”

HUMANS OF OTTAWA 

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