Street Stories

 

 

Boots (the Clown) was a worrier (underneath).  She worried about all the trouble in the world.  She worried it was getting even harder for those struggling to be heard or seen amidst the din of selling, frenzy of buying and glare of celebrity.

 

Boots worried endlessly about the children.  The fires.  The trees.  The animals.  The ocean.  The air.  And that one day, everything would be lost.  All these worries seemed impossible to do anything about.  Until one strange day, the curtain went up.

Time stopped.  Something was in the air that changed everything.  People began to see each other again.  Help each other again.  Speak to their neighbours.  Wave to strangers.  Smile at each other through windows.  The world was warming – but this time in a good way.

What felt impossible yesterday, now felt so much closer to possible.  And with new things to worry about, the old worries suddenly took a back seat.

But Boots wasn’t worried that those things were being neglected.  Boots could see that the solution to many of the old worries was on its way through the changes the world was making to solve the new worry.

And so, through the urgency and seriousness of the new worry, for the very first time, the whole world united.  Everyone was finally waking up.  A new way had to be seen.  The music could now be heard.  The crowd were singing together.  And this time, they were not so out of tune.

 

(Boots The Clown – The World’s Greatest Act.  March, 2020).