It was a long day and I was finishing my third picnic in 85 degree heat, with a humidity of 90-100%. The sun was popping in between rain clouds the last event was over and the two other balloon entertainers were winding down. I had the tedious task of helping shutdown their lines. Ending a line is never fun, but if you don’t, you’ll be working way into the night.
As I announce numerous times that the balloon lines were closed, sorry we’re done, sorry we’re finished for the day, until I would just look at people and say “Balloon lines are closed!.”
The day was over and the three of us were walking to our cars when I said “I am happy that this day is over, it’s been a lot of work.”
“This isn’t work, this is fun. I love what I do” replied the other entertainer.
I looked at him and said “After 24 years, I consider entertaining work. Work I enjoy, but its work”.
“Nope, for me it’s always a day of fun and people pay me to play with balloons. What more can you ask for?”
Quite often I’ll be entertaining in a restaurant and a customer will tell me “You really love your work.” “No, it’s a job” I tell them. They look at me and smile in disbelief and say “No, you love what you do.”
I’m not sure what these people are really talking about. I love my wife, son, mother, father, sister, and the rest of my family, but entertaining…. that is something I take pride in doing. I guess people nowadays don’t take pride in their work and when they come across people who do consider the person “loves” their job.
I look upon my balloon entertaining as a skilled craftsman. Some, who can take a balloon and twist, bend, stretch, and manipulate it while combining comedic patter all at once. To do it successfully you have to take pride in your work and that shows in your entertaining. Pride in my job is what drives me to be a better entertainer. Love is reserved for the things that really matter, my family.