I am privileged to be part of a large group of very special people. Clowns international had become my extended family over the past few years and on Tuesday my children and I went to London and stayed with Bubblz the clown. We spent 2 days sight seeing and then went to Joseph Grimaldi park in Islington to celebrate the life of the afore mentioned clown who died 751 years ago. We had a fantastic time and discovered the joys of traveling on tube trains in central London during rush hour with suitcases and a unicycle.
We sometimes have no clue as to how our lives will impact on others and I wonder what Joseph would say if he knew that over 750 years people were traveling across the country to visit his grave and continue the traditions he started.
He was to son of a wayward Italian immigrant who suffered severe depression and there is a story that he once went to his Dr and told him how he felt. The man suggested he go and see a very funny man named Grimaldi. But sir Grimaldi told the Dr, I am Grimaldi.............
So to Joesph Grimaldi I say a huge thank you for the tradition of clowning that I and many others follow today.