My childhood was graced with the legendary clown, Chris Wedes, who greeted children each morning in the Seattle-Tacoma area on local T.V. We knew him as J. P. Patches and he knew us as patches pals. He passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2012, after a long battle with cancer at the age of 84.
Today, his passing reminds me of the joys of simple childhood. Something today’s world should capture and administer itself a big booster shot.
After learning of his passing, I decided that his death should not serve as a footnote to my week, but that I would try and remember those days. Since I typically have a hard time remembering jokes, I knew this was going to be a tall task. Now, a week later, the best memory I can convey is that he made me feel good.
It was a time of simplicity and innocence when children still roamed the neighborhoods after dark and didn’t have to worry excessively about strangers. We went to the drive-in once a year and owned a stereo that was as big as our living room couch. Electric stoves were used to heat left-overs and the most gears anyone could have on their bike was ten.
Our world has come a long way since my childhood, but have we forgotten to bring the good feelings with us? Certainly, I would not want to trade the luxuries and conveniences of today with those of my childhood, but I would not have traded the joys of simple humor.
You can read more about J. P. Patches here.
Who holds a special place in your childhood memories?