JOY Catalyst brings you a Care Clown Story…

Charlotte Maxeka


This was one remarkable marathon of a weekend, as it included marching for the protection of our lions along with over 2000 others in Johannesburg, serious consideration of the on-going plight of our Rhino’s and even the training of 5 new volunteer Care Clowns… Wanting to do something hand-on, I chose to include one further gift, a Care Clown visit to the children of Charlotte Maxeke (JHB General Hospital).

Together with 3 other awesome Care Clowns, we sang songs of joy, of loVe and fun to ALL in passages and wards. Then we came to this room of five young patients, one was behind curtains, the four others ranged from shy young toddler, to very interactive almost teen. We knocked, we were invited in and each Care Clown chose a new friend to share joy time with. I chose the shy toddler, who lay very still, his eyes just occasionally glancing at me approaching gently.

As I reached his bed, I looked briefly into his uncertain little eyes and then swiftly looked away, in a super shy giggle, placing my head softly onto his bed, next to his one little hand. As my head lay there still gently giggling, he reached for my hair and as he touched my hair, he giggled too.

I knew now that I had a bridge to bring him more joy, so I gently stood up, now taking in his surroundings. On his bed was one of those clear noisy guns that show the machinery of the noise maker inside… The gun was broken so I curiously picked it up, unclear of its purpose, speaking a Minion like (minXadeesh) gibberish, I explored it and discovered it had imaginary buttons and was actually a type of phone. Making the digital tones “dooo deee booo baaaa dooo” I pushed the buttons and instantly the imaginary caller & I were engaged in an excited gibberish conversation… “blesght bregeshhht mulesha purushheeey brumumm moooeshey sshha shsha…” His eyes smiling, he’s watching intently… I gesture on the phone that the caller wants a word with him too…  Placing the phone to my new friend’s ear – he takes the phone joyfully & shouts into it “bresch mrooosh bregentemshum” then he pushes it back to me – I end the call with another excited “gerushmd kungsdehts colunerfrumcaleee” and hang up – looking at my friend… We both giggle ourselves silly and this remarkable gift of a game, that’s fuelling us both, starts up again & again & again!!! Without language, our hearts are engaged and we play for  about 10 awesome minutes. Then as I’m about to leave him, I lean down to pick UP some toys of his off the floor that he may enjoy once I’m gone; Again my heart once again beams with joy, as I place onto his bed , a lion, a rhino and a minion…

I live a life full of miracles and right now I really understand – as a joy catalyst – I’m a bit of a minion for this planet’s health. I will do all that I can to support ALL beings and as such support myself to be less of a “despicable me” and more of a light!!!

So Dear One’s I wish you all on-going truth, love, awesome gifting to others and self and a growing LOVING relationship with God & ALL of this planet too.


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