BAGUIO

Catajan: Clowns

Gripevine

I COLLECT clowns.

Started the collection in college and now I have a good number of figurines, paintings, dolls and garden accents.

I have a whole box full of them at home.

I have since kept the display of my collection to a minimum since people at my household find it creepy, in respect to their peace of mind I have confined my paintings to my room.

One piece was painted by a good friend and I have since kept and framed the gift along with another painted piece, also given by a friend who indulged me with my obsession.

Some friends are terrified by clowns, at one point when a friend who shares the phobia comes to visit, I have to hide the clowns so as not to trigger his fear.

Yes... it’s a him, his fear was apparently trigged by too much Chuckie the clown movies as a child.

Friends who know about this collection sometimes give me small items continue to spark joy and I refuse to de clutter, so Marie Kondo can move over and stay away from my collection.

At birthday parties, I still am amused by clowns who do magic tricks for a crowd of bewildered kids waiting to win some candy.

Whenever I see clown figurines, I assess how happy or sad their faces are painted before I buy, there has to be the right touch of happy and sad, the right combination of gloom and bliss before they enter my home.

I collect the nice clowns and a few make it to my office desk to set my mind at ease when things become a circus, I look at the beloved clown and think happy thoughts.

There are clowns walking around in stilts at Session road, I marvel at their height and become a kid again as I see them parade in their tall heels.

Clowns are called many things; buffoon, antic bozo, comedian, comic, droll, fool, harlequin, take your pick and choose a word you think is suited.

In the olden times, harlequins were needed at the palace of the rich and powerful to give comic relief, they gave joy when people needed to laugh.

A clown is defined as an entertainer who wears funny clothes, has a painted face, and makes people laugh by performing tricks and behaving in a silly way

During the weekend parades of the Baguio Flower Festival, a few paraded the streets.

I did not have the urge to take any home with me.


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