Over the past 10 years of twisting, I have had the pleasure of making balloon animals for a handful of celebrities, including Al Roker, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee, Adam Sandler, Susan Olsen (“Cindy Brady” of The Brady Bunch) and Sir Paul McCartney. It’s fun to make balloons for anyone really, but when you meet a celebrity, it’s always more fun to have something to tell them or show them, rather than just ogling and saying “I’m a HUGE fan!”
Today I added another celebrity to my list of balloon recipients: Bucky the Beaver, the MIT Mascot. The fun thing about this celebrity encounter was that Bucky sought ME out instead of the reverse. Bucky waited online behind about a dozen kids, waiting patiently in line for his balloon. And as all good character walkarounds do, he did not break character and speak to ask for his balloon; he just looked at me and, well, smiled his usual smile. So I made him a cute little Bucky likeness as a reward.
I was totally Buck-struck.
The adorable little sisters in the photo here were some of my best customers at Bjorn’s 3rd birthday party. They were very sweet and chatty…and very happy to walk away with a rainbow, a butterfly, a cat and a dog (both on leashes). They also requested I make a fish in a bowl, which I tried to do, but ultimately decided that would go on my “to learn” list.
Bjorn the birthday boy was a little shy on his big day so I wasn’t able to get a photo of his balloon requests, which were up there as some of the my all-time favorite creative requests. Bjorn asked for: a blue and green zebra, a blue flashlight and a green flashlight. He wasn’t worried at all when one of his friends said that there was no such thing as a blue and green zebra. So I gave him just that (and the flashlights) and he smiled and went off into the backyard, barefoot, with balloon flashlights in hand, in search of something. A purple and green lion? A red and pink giraffe? Who knows what you can find when you have a 3-year-old’s creative imagination.