Remember when I wrote about a fun-loving British woman named Dawn Winfield-Hunt who decided to wear her wedding dress every day for an entire year?

I admire Dawn’s clever attention-seeking ploy and her self-deprecating sense of humor. Photos of her doing every day activities in that long white gown (grocery shopping and vacuuming) as well as more outlandish activities (paddleboarding) are posted on social media. And she is always smiling.

I think it is healthy to be able to poke fun at yourself or act somewhat goofy from time to time. As adults, we often lose that sense of playfulness in the daily grind of work/home life. I like to wear a silver and pink tiara at work on my birthday. It lightens the mood and is a great excuse for me to walk around and hand out chocolate.

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Yesterday, I read an article about a man in New Zealand who decided to bring an emotional support clown to a meeting with his boss. Yes, you read that correctly—an emotional support clown. Joshua Jack did not have a good feeling after receiving an email from his employer requesting a meeting to discuss his role with the firm. The email suggested that he might want to bring a support person to the meeting.

But instead of bringing a co-worker with him to sit in on the meeting, Joshua hired a professional clown for $200 to accompany him to the advertising agency. The meeting was a little awkward. Joshua and the clown sat across the desk from Joshua’s two employers as they outlined their reasons for “letting him go” from the advertising agency.

“It was sort of noisy,” said Joshua, of the clown making balloon animals during the meeting, “so we did have to tell him to be quiet from time to time.” Joe the clown created a balloon unicorn and poodle to lighten the mood.

Then the clown mimed crying as Joshua’s employers slid the termination paperwork across the desk. Although an unusual assignment for him, the clown was overall supportive while Joshua was being fired from his job.

The advertising agency honchos admitted that the emotional support clown was a little distracting but they did commend Joshua for “spicing up the meeting” and were grateful that he “could see the humorous side” of the situation.

Of course the story made the news all over New Zealand and beyond, including a photo of Joshua sitting next to the emotional support clown during the serious meeting with his employers which was published in the New Zealand Herald. As a guest on a local radio interview show later that week, Joshua felt that his $200 was well worth it. “I definitely recommend bringing Joe or another clown. Highly recommended.”

I love this guy! I am adding him to my list of fun-loving free-spirited types who make life a party wherever they go. I’m sure Joshua will not be unemployed for long now that his very creative (and very funny) stunt has “gone viral.”
Here’s a suggestion for those readers who may be considering hiring a clown to attend a wedding as their “plus one” or possibly as an extra guest at the extended family Thanksgiving table. Make sure that your clown can create a variety of balloon animals and can also do a few juggling tricks.

Or, better yet, eliminate the middle man (or middle clown) and sign up for a circus arts class. How cool would it be to learn juggling, knife throwing, unicycle riding, etc. to add to your own life skills!

Kim Kovach is not a fan of clowns, per se, but enjoys the idea of bringing a bit of fun to any situation. Writing short stories is fun!