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Jolly Solly

R. Atkins

The airport was busy and there was a long line at passport control. A sole booth was manned by a grumpy-looking official who was checking passports, matching pictures to passport holders, and then eventually waving them through. The line moved at a snail’s pace.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

People were getting impatient. Men in suits looked irritably at their watches. Women tried to soothe tired, cranky children. Then a little boy in a striped T-shirt, standing with his mother and baby sister somewhere in the middle of the line, suddenly perked up. “Hey! Look who’s at the front of the line! A funny man!” he exclaimed excitedly. “It’s not nice to call people funny,” replied his mother automatically. “But he really is funny,” the little boy insisted. He racked his brains, trying to think of the right word to describe the man. “It’s a cwown!” he exclaimed triumphantly. His mother, however, busy trying to get the baby to stop crying, had already tuned him out. The boy couldn’t help staring in fascination at the clown. Jolly Solly — for it was he — turned and winked cheerfully at him. 


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