Be Kind to Mr. B



This is me seven Easters ago. One of the casinos ran a promotion and I hopped around giving out chocolate eggs and . . .

Heh-heh. Just kidding. This isn't me. I've been a pumpkin, a bumblebee, a mermaid, a princess, and numerous other characters, but never Mr. B. I donned a festive costume and worked as Mr. B's bodyguard though. And it was a casino promotion. In addition, to the casino floor, we roved an area where children were permitted to hang out. They'd charge Mr. B from all angles wanting to hug him or shake his hand or ... hit him. That's where I came in.

Mr. B has extremely limited vision. He can't see a kid running at him from the side and there's a chance the kid (or zealous adult) could startle him, throw him off balance. As for someone hitting him (Awful right? But it happens.), Mr. B has a reputation to think about. He can't 'hit back'. I couldn't hit back either, but I could head off charging kids (or adults) in a friendly yet firm way and flag down security if need be. Unfortunately, not every working bunny has a bodyguard. I not only served as protection, but as someone to talk to and joke with when times were slow.

Last year I saw 'Mr. B' in the parking lot of a restaurant my husband and I ate at. He was supposed to wave at passing cars only there weren't any. I caught him doing this little jig and I knew he was bored out of his mind. When he spun around and saw me, he stopped and gave a shy wave. I smiled, waved back, and shouted, "Happy Easter!" I could tell from his reaction that he really appreciated my enthusiastic greeting. Sometimes it ain't easy being Mr. B. Sometimes it's lonely. Sometimes it's dangerous. So if you see Mr. B in your travels today, please take the time to smile and say 'hi'. Oh, and don't hit. Be kind to Mr. B. He's a goodwill embassador for goodness sake.

Whatever your faith, wishing you peace, joy, and lots of chocolate.

Beth

Comments

Tori Lennox said…
Happy Easter, Beth! Mr. B (or one of his minions) paid me a visit night with chocolate and jelly beans. Yum!!! :)
Mary Stella said…
In addition to you and the rest of your character-playing friends, I also know a woman who was the original Belle at Disney World. I love kids, but I cannot imagine spending my days getting tackle-hugged and always having to be smiling and pleasant to hundreds of little ones.

I think being a mascot or character icon is a performance art in itself. My favorite of all times is the Phillie Phanatic -- that big green thing is the phenomenal mascot for the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team. He sets the standard for all sports mascots with his ability to breakdance in size 34 shoes. LOL Amazing guy.

I once had to don the lion costume and play the mascot for a radio station where I worked. The lion-player I'd arranged bailed at the last minute. Hot suit. Summer sun. Not fun! I salute you, Beth, and all the Mr. Bs today.
Roni said…
Happy Easter! I hope you're taking a day off to enjoy!
Jordan Summers said…
Happy Easter, Beth!
vootieschool said…
Apropos of your post - I just found this today...
Mean Mr. B!
Sam said…
People who are mean to the Easter Bunny will get their come-uppance.

LOL
Beth Ciotta said…
Sam said: "People who are mean to the Easter Bunny will get their come-uppance."

And for proff of just how ugly that could be, click onto the 'Mean Mr. B' link provided by Vootieschool. Beware this min-movie could cause nightmares, especially if you consume to many 'peeps'!
Beth Ciotta said…
Hmm. My previous comment is just riddled with typos. Apologies to all. Too much coffee.

Hope you had a fabulous weekend. My nose is buried in my WIP. Just popped in to say a quick... Happy Monday!
ElsieHogarth said…
Happy Easter, Beth. I'm still dreaming about chocolate bunnies, Peeps and jelly beans.
Anna Lucia said…
Happy Easter, Beth. Wishing you all blessings, like forty-eight hour days and delicious calorie-free chocolate... ggg
Taylor said…
Happy Easter Beth! Funny story about your casino adventures. I'd love to see some pictures sometimes!

P.S.-I have some good pics of me from prom (Our camera blurred most of them) so I'll be around to show them soon! Hope you got your London pictures ready!
Larissa said…
This is just too funny! Hope you had a great Easter! :)

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