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A Domesticated Clown

[Tales from the Mom-Side shares her daily life adventures. She asks more than just one question, “What are the best stories you have related to being a clown? What is a domesticated clown and how do you get to be one? What is the funniest thing one of your children ever said to you?”]

As a child I would  sleepover at my grandmothers in her spare room where a picture of a clown lurked over my bedside.  It’s eyes would gleam at me possessed ready to strike me in my sleep! I would shut my eyes tights each night and pray Penny Wise would be gone in the morning. Sadly, it was the first thing I saw when I woke-up!

As time passed I realized there was more to a clown besides a painted mask, demonic eyes, and a rubber nose. A clown has layers of emotions and sensitivities. It is at that moment I  no longer wanted to run from the clown that was chasing me on his tricycle. I wanted to be the clown balancing balls on the tricycle!

I discovered humor  can help you out of the most awkward of situations and is a great way to divert  discussions on emotions. The first indication of a topic on self analysis in any conversation has me looking for the nearest escape hatch. I am a therapists worst nightmare!

As I grew into my inner – clown – my life became its own carnival act with marriage and kids. It is unpredictable like the trapeze act, hairy like the bearded lady, dusty after a hard days work, and fun on those off moments behind the curtain! It  is through my family’s carnival I discovered my inner domesticated clown!

My kids also love to laugh and are clowns of their own! It was just last week one proclaimed “No one will ever give me a wedgie! I have the perfect butt clench!”

At our house I juggle the dishes, the taxi service, dodge the clique at the play park, and trip over the laundry. I smile because I was the clown I once avoided in the sleepless nights. I now wear the rubber nose with a smile as I clean the egg on the floor from one last hazardous juggle!

Do you use humor to divert emotional subjects? What makes you laugh?

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Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook

20 replies

  1. All the world’s your stage. 🙂

    “Make ’em laugh
    Make ’em laugh
    Don’t you know everyone wants to laugh?
    (Ha ha!)
    My dad said ‘Be an actor, my son
    But be a comical one
    They’ll be standing in lines
    For those old honky tonk monkeyshines’ ”
    ~Singing in the Rain

    When I was a tween, I had such a crush on Donald O’Conner because of that scene in the movie.

    Keep clowning around! Don’t ever stop.

    1. I don’t always think the mask is a lie. I think it is their own expression of what they want to be striving for the life that leads to happiness and laughter. I think it’s something we all want in one shape or form 🙂

      I think it is the fear of the unknown of what really lies behind their mask that people find scary!

  2. I have never felt that way about clowns. The sadness under the make-up always has been apparent to me. But then again, I know a lot of sad, lonely people who feel free to take it out on you openly. At least the clowns try to hide it.

  3. I think it is better to find positive ways to release that sadness in some creative shape and form. It’s better to release positive energy out into the world instead of letting all the negative gook swallow you up 🙂

  4. I agree with Feeling Beachie. We have to laugh at ourselves or else we’ll cry and laughing is so much more fun. I love to laugh and often do it at the most inappropriate times to help me cope with stress.

  5. A fun perspective – I guess that’s why I keep coming back for more of the show!

    One halloween when I worked in day care, I dressed as a clown. One of the little boys refused to come down the stairs while I was holding the door open for him and his mom! One of my little buddies was a bit more bold, but did keep checking with me throughout the day, “That’s just you, right Patti?”

  6. Hooray for domesticated clowns! (I’m actually quite averse to the circus ones – *shivers*.) You’re so awesome, lady!
    I love to laugh, and the older I get the better I get at laughing at myself. And my kids? My son especially is so passionate about EVERYTHING that all of his expressions are comic, even when he really doesn’t want them to be. I’m one of those people who laughs so she won’t cry. So, I guess you could call that emotional deflection 😉

  7. Humor has gotten me through alot of tough times. I actually did a clown ministry for a brief time in my 20s. It helped me express myself, be a little more comfortable in my own skin. I have always loved clowns although I know some children are frightened of them.

    I have a patient who is a retired minister and is still active in clowning. During our first meeting he made a joke about everything and it was difficult to get a health history. Underlying all of the joking was depression. Luckily the patient-provider relationship has moved on from the jokes.


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