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The Circus Clown
I occasionally do fundraising for my skating club at The Palace, a local sports venue. Basically it just involves working the concessions stand -- not glamorous, but it take the edge off the skating bills.

Last night, the circus was in town. I had a really good time. The place was filled with small children and families. I loved watching the little kids, with their plastic souvenir treasures. I loved watching them holding onto their parents' hands. I loved watching little families on an outing.

During a bit of a lull, a couple of teenaged girls came by. They were the only ones at our stand. They were cheerful and friendly, and stood in front of me, staring at our menu, trying to decide what they wanted. I would have placed them to be in early high school, probably. Behind them, a clown strolled by. "Hey look, a clown!" I exclaimed.

They turned around and both positively squealed with delight. "Ohmygod, a clown!!!" From nowhere, disposable cameras came flying out, and they both went running after the clown. It had stopped to greet a little child, and they hung back politely until it started to walk away again. The clown probably thought teenagers weren't interested in clown-conversation. These two were however, and they each took turns enthusiastically hugging the clown while the other girl took a picture. They were both taller than the clown.

I was smiling and laughing at the sight. The guy working the register next to me said under his breath, "Just think, it won't be more than a year or two before these girls won't be caught dead anywhere near a circus or a clown."

I nodded; it was so true. So many teens go through that moody, angsty phase, where a circus would be far too un-cool for them. "Actually, I would have thought they would already be there," I agreed. "Maybe they're already past it." After you get past the bitter too-cool-for-anything stage, you often reach a stage where it's just fun to be childish again, and as enthusiastic and silly as possible. (I think I'm still in that stage.)

The girls came running back to me, grinning and giggling. "I can't believe we got pictures with a clown!" I looked at them, both wearing makeup, nicely done hair, cute clothes. I had no idea how old they were. Maybe they'd turn bitter later on, or it had already happened. Or perhaps they'd avoided it somehow. It didn't really matter....I enjoyed their fun and enthusiasm, and was glad to have seen them that circus night.

Current Mood: chipper chipper
Current Music: Send in the clowns

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From: traceyb Date: May 11th, 2002 09:11 am (UTC) (Link)

I hope they made it past it...

The world needs more brave, childish again, and as enthusiastic and silly as possible people;)

renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 13th, 2002 07:32 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I hope they made it past it...

guingel From: guingel Date: May 11th, 2002 02:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I've avoided that phase. I have so far, and I don't think I'm heading towards it. In fact, those people tend to annoy me. Most of the kids at my high school are like that now.
But then again, I don't wear makeup or cute clothes. lol.
actually. . . I remember at one point a lot of the cooler girls started kinda acting on impulse, being kinda silly in a contrived way. . . like, forming unreasonable attachments to unlikely things, calling everything cute. . . I hope that these girls were like, sincere.
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: May 12th, 2002 05:01 am (UTC) (Link)


Just watched the 1967 Joan Crawford movie Beserk, a movie about an English traveling circus with multiple murders, only one clown as an extra in a couple of scenes just standing around with no smile. Really bad movie with an interesting resolution but badly done. But nothing like a psychopathic 16-year-old daughter on Mother's Day! Why was I watching it? Because I was awake and almost anything would be better than the sappy I Remember Mama on the other movie channel.
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