Monday, October 20, 2014

Fanny Mail: A Halloween Vacation Question

Hi, Kiddies. This weekend I received an email from Thomas and Alexandra West of New Haven, Connecticut. The Wests write: "Dear Grandmother Winsome, Halloween is our favorite holiday, and we'd like to do something special that doesn't include the children this year. We saw your recent post about clowns being eager for all sorts of work, and it gave us the idea to hire clowns to take our children on vacation for Halloween. That way we'll really be able to enjoy this special day like we used to. And it will be a treat for the children as well, getting to spend time with clowns. However, all the clowns listed in the telephone directory are already booked, at least for the early part of the evening. We attempted to contact the clown union, but were unable to find such an organization. So how do we get in touch with the unlisted clowns?"

Well, Thomas and Alexandra, I think it's a wonderful idea to hire clowns to watch your children during the holiday. However, you might consider scaling back. There is no need to send them all on an expensive vacation, when you could simply hire local clowns to take your children treat-or-treating and then keep them entertained the rest of the weekend. Be sure to have the clowns take them to an unfamiliar part of town. That way, it will be more of an adventure for your children, and they won't be able to simply walk home on their own. As for locating the unlisted clowns, they are not a unionized group. In fact, many of the clowns I've met wouldn't want too much personal information on record. So to find them, I suggest posting a notice at the local liquor store that you're seeking clowns to take care of your children for the weekend. I'm sure you'll get the response you're looking for.

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