Care Clown moment…

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So there I am in character, playing in the lobby of Woodside Sanctuary (home for profoundly physically and mentally challenged)… My Care Clown persona, my inner playful child, totally connected to the moment and flow of Joy.

One of my precious friends from Woodside, Gareth, is there welcoming me. I’ve called him ‘Dad’ for many years. My Care Clown really sees and treats him as Dad, even though he’s at least 20years younger than me and he just plays along…
Today however, I can tell he needs an empathic ear, I move in to listen closely.

He explains, “this morning I had a heart attack”, his eyes fill with tears, “my baby has to have an operation”. I know immediately he’s referring to a little girl, Mishay, who he’s kind of adopted in his own special, caring, nurturing way.
The staff explain Mishay’s at Red Cross and Gareth didn’t really have a heart attack. I know what he means…

I hug him immediately and say, “Dad if you want, we can say a little prayer, it always makes me feel better” – he nods through his tears.
I take his hand and another staff member joins too, making it a circle of three as my Care Clown begins the pray “Big Dad please look after Mishay and help Dad to know she’ll be okay, cos when we put it in your hands Jesus, you take care of it in such a special way. Thank you Big Dad for your love. In Jesus name… Amen”

We all open our eyes.
Dad’s almost smiling again, I show him my clown baby, “Look Dad my clown baby lost her hand, she also needs an operation – maybe she can go in with Mishay” – he smiles and once again we’re back in play zone.

Later he calls me aside again, “I’m not feeling okay”, I ask, “Should I pray again” and he nods… We share our Big Dad connection and he looks at me and says “I feel better now”… the play takes it’s form and my Care Clown is once again trying to find the shoes, they all keep hiding from her…And we play until our hour is UP and we blow kisses and best wishes…
It’s magical what happens when you let go and let God and I feel so blessed to have Care Clowning in my life to practice being a vessel for the Devine to flow. Also looking at the experience we shared, I think, we’re all like Dad was in that moment, sometimes we just need a prayer buddy, an empathic ear and a playful gesture to help us out of our heads again and back into the NOW.

Thanks Dad and Big Dad for that magical experience and thanks guys for reading and sharing this too…

Blessed weekend all!