Hey guys.......as you know, I have connections with several current and retired Ringling clowns........one of them posted this the other day on FB and I thought some of you may benefit from his words: Hospital clowning is hard. You're firing on all cylinders for two hours and each and every person you meet is completely different. They may all be in the same geographical location, but everyone is experiencing a totally different situation than the last person you saw. The challenge is to key into each person's energy and their particular sense of humor as quickly as you can and then custom tailor everything else that you do specifically to that particular person. Some kids just want to sit quietly with you and watch cartoons together, some want a full three ring circus with a fireworks show for a finale. And you do it. Completely differently. 20 or 30 times. It's impossibly hard... but it's the greatest job in the entire world. And let me add........sometimes you leave in tears.....but hold them till you get back into the car!