Sup­port for men­tally chal­lenged strong at Jazz Fest

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - THE SOCIAL PAGE -

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.

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