Barf-day on a Pirate Ship

Posted by LeeAnn Martin on


You know those stories that are not funny at all at the time, but later they are hilarious? This is one of those stories!

A Tunisian friend called in June 2012 and asked if I could clown at an end-of-the-year party at her day care center. I was willing, especially since it had been a while since I had gotten into costume. After making the commitment, I found out that the party would be held on a boat; one of those ‘pirate ships’ for tourists. We would be going for a little ride and then returning to the port. Unfortunately, I have a problem with motion sickness!

Randa, the owner of the day care center, wanted us (me and my daughter, Elizabeth) to eat lunch with her before we went to the party. I kept asking when and where I would get into costume. She said I could get ready on the boat. Yeah, right! Easy for her to say!


When we finally got to the pirate ship, they led me to a closet (where it was at least 100 degrees F) and told me I could get ready in there. Nope, that wasn’t going to happen! Plan B: they led me below deck where I had privacy and more room, and where I could feel the rocking of the ship much better! I am probably not the first clown to put makeup on while being tossed around on a boat. I joked with my daughter that it couldn’t get much worse. I had taken Dramamine and asked the Lord to help me as I went up on the deck to  play with the children.




It was too hot in the sun so we went in a covered area with tables. Right next to where I was standing, a woman was horribly ill; frequently sticking her head out the window to throw-up. That did it!



But I am a professional! I said I needed a break. I went to the side of the boat and puked! After drinking some water, I asked my daughter how I looked, she said fine, so I went right back to entertaining!


At the end of the day, I was grateful that I didn’t throw up on anyone, and I thanked God for His amazing grace!




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