I used to work at the public library here in my hometown. I worked with this adorable high school girl who I think is turning into an incredible young woman. Anyway, she moved to East Moose Screw, Canada. She was at the library visiting yesterday.
Okay that is a strange place to start the story, but this is a strange story so stick with me.
Many many years ago I babysat a little girl. She was blonde with these huge blue eyes, and we spent a lot of time doing things like making fun of Nelly Furtado videos, having adventures at the park, playing Neopets, and being creative weirdos. She was the sweetest, weirdest little girl. Her parents were also the kindest people I have ever met in my life. They showed me a generosity that I hope to be able to share one day. I’m also going to dedicate a book to them. I know which one, I just have to finish writing it.
Okay, back to yesterday, the Canadian Moose Screw girl had made a quick trip to the states and was in our library, and I went there talk to her a bit. They were there waiting on the girl I used to babysit. I told Autumn (Canadian Moose Screw Girl) a story about babysitting Courtney. She told me Courtney had to get it from somewhere. I had to ask a few questions about what she meant by it. She clarified by saying, “You know, her weirdness.”I was pleased to have spread the weird.
Later, Courtney arrived, still blonde with huge blue eyes. We got to talking. She does pole dancing (acrobatic not stripping), aerial silks, stilt walking, and performs at drag shows. I got about ten different kinds of excited because she had turned into a circus freak, but in the best possible way. She also told me I helped shape her weird.
I realized I helped make a circus freak.
It was one of my proudest moments in my life. I mean, who aside from circus professors (there is such a thing) and the parents of circus performers can say they made a circus freak? Not many, that’s who. My influence helped make the world a little more weird and beautiful and that is all I want from my life, to make things more weird and beautiful. I think I can count this as a win.
In truth, I’m proud of her because she turned out strong, brave, smart, and a total firecracker. I had nothing to do with that, like I said, she had exceptional parents, and she was all ready incredible when I met her. I am going to claim the circus freak part though. I will steal my wins if I have to.