Support for mentally challenged strong at Jazz Fest
OUTDOOR free events such as Jazz Fest really illustrate how we support mentally challenged adults.
What to do about Angry-DancingConductor-Guy and Starved-for-Affection Dude? And other people dealing with mental health issues who came to enjoy the music, but did not have caregiver-companions to help them?
Well, Winnipeggers, you stepped right up and you handled yourselves beautifully. Jazz-Fest-going Winnipeggers are really nice, kind, people.
Starved-For-Affection Dude was practically licking women’s faces while talking to them, yet still he got a couple of hugs in the crowd.
And at one point, he scooped up a happily dancing three year old (not known to him) and tried to put him on his shoulders, much to his mother’s dismay, who shouted “No,” brought her baby down, and continued dancing alongside Starved-for-Affection Dude.
Punky Hula-Hoop-Streamer-Spinning Lady shared her streamers with Scowly-Dollarama-Accessory-Clad- Lady who had a part-time caregivercompanion with her.
Anyway, Scowly-Dollarama-Accessory-Clad Lady, in all her earnestness, puzzled over the streamers or over the kindness of Punky-Hula-Hoop-Streamer-Spinning Lady — I think I saw her crack a smile.
Angry-Dancing-Conductor-Guy really likes to flail his arms violently when he dances so everyone just gave him lots of space.
Share the love, Winnipeg! It takes a village to support a mentally challenged adult.