I love bees. Bumble bees, honey bees, any kind of bees. I love their busy nature, little creatures flying about pollinating flowers, making honey, getting the job done. This time of year my life resembles a hive of bees! So much to get done, flying around in different directions! If I am honest, in my stress I have been known to sting! (Sorry about that Alison, Katie, Mary, Mom!)
Mooseburger Camp 2019 is upon us! I think about all the campers as they prepared to make the trip to Minnesota. I could feel their excitement. Busy little bees. What to pack, what to leave at home, anxiety, anticipation!
I have chatted with each and every one of them over the phone. My biggest frustration is I will not recognize them! They will have to remind me who they are so I can link their face with what we talked about! But it is okay. It will all come together.
We are ready to launch the Red Nose Reader program at Mooseburger Camp. Some of you have been following this idea since its conception.
It kind of went like this:
- Hey, let’s have a Clown Summit! – COAI convention in Richmond April 2018
- Oh, I have clowns that could go into your Head Start program and read. – June 15, 2018
- Um…I better look into making this a 501 c 3 non-profit. – Jan. 2018
- I better get some really smart clowns, teachers, friends to help me! – September 2018
- Yay! Pilot program begins and we do our first shows. – Spring 2019 (now I won’t tell you I wasn’t scared, because I was. I haven’t been in a classroom performing as a clown since 1982!)
- Wow! Getting ready to share it with clowns all over the place! – Mooseburger Camp 2019
Can you believe that was 15 months ago?
Yes, time flies, and here we are on the brink of a great new endeavor. I believe Red Nose Reader is something we can all get behind even if we don’t go into the classroom.
Kids who can read succeed. Kindness and teaching ways for kids to be kind when it isn’t easy helps everyone. Supporting the image of clowns as fun and friendly is good for us and good for the world. It is not an impossible goal for clowning to bounce back from the hit we’ve hit we’ve taken. Keep your head up!
Do you know that a bumble bee mechanically isn’t supposed to be able to fly?
But it does.
Many clowns have given up because of the scary clown phenomenon. It became too discouraging and just too hard. But I will tell you, this year at the 4th of July, no one said anything mean to me. I did not see any teenagers hiding behind their hands.
I believe the tide is turning and all that scary clown merchandise will be headed for the landfill soon!!! Don’t give up! Be the Bumble Bee. Fly anyways. Fly in the face of the impossible and don’t let gravity win.
Maybe it’s time to give yourself a challenge? Register for next year’s Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp, check out the Red Nose Reader program, and mentor a friend in clowning. It’s never too late to try something new!