Hello, I'm Angela, called 'Bubble Fairy of Washington Park' by the parents of children who have squealed with joy and delight at the sight of the huge bubbles I get to create.) I've always been one who appreciates God's beauty wherever I go. I'm aways noticed the clouds in the sky, the flowers, the ocean, or a great sunset. And then I saw Giant Bubbles: I was transfixed and then hooked.
So how did this all start?
I was on my first Rhine River cruise in the Fall of 2015 with my mom and twin sister and we had stopped at Koln, Germany. We were at the end of seeing the famous Koln Cathedral and I was just minding my own business walking towards the city square. There he was- my first bubbler. A large group of adults and kids had encircled him, including this one, and I was mesmerized by the size and colors of these rainbow orbs.
The second time I saw this phenomenon was in Central Park, Manhattan. A gentleman was making these beautiful creations on Poet's Row near the south entrance of the park. I was absolutely mesmerized and could have stayed there all day watching these fleeting and surreal objects of art and beauty. He said he was writing a book called 'Bubbles Over Manhattan.' There were several other men in Central Park with various types of bubbles nets which yielded different kinds of bubbles. They told me they make their living from the tips they get. From then on out, I had the burning desire to find out how they do this; so I did a little research and with a little help from my dear friend and Bubble Buddy, Johnny,made several kinds and sizes of poles and nets, and ventured out in the Spring of 2015. Our first time in the park with these was a litle disappointing. But a couple of kids came along and we let them try and they ended up training us even though they had never done it before either!
I am constantly amazed at the effect of these things on people of all ages. Elderly people, yuppies, hippies, homeless, teenagers, and all the way down to babies and (even DOGS!) are enthralled by these bubbles- just like I was.
Many times I'll hear someone say 'You have made my day!' or 'You have made me so happy!' or 'I was having a bad day until I saw these...' or 'I havent seen my (40 year old) son this happy in a long time...' And it ALWAYS brings a smile to faces, lightens a burdened heart, squelches antisocial behaviour because we are at that moment transported back to being children again. It's somehow therapeutic, like sitting in front of a peaceful aquarium.
But the best gift this passion brings is COMMUNITY. In today's world, we have gotten so isolated, so antisocial, and we rarely live in the NOW. If you're in a park. you may see hundreds of people doing their thing (usually with headphones in their ears or looking down at their phones) and would never talk to one of them. But bring out the sticks and nets and voila! Here they come... stopping to watch, then to take photos, and then coming over to ask me how I make these things, and the next thing you know they're trying it for themselves. The inevitable grins brighten their faces. Sometimes even hugs break out after they're done.They are always so grateful too. It warms my heart. There are conversations and connections made that would have never happened without this crazy hobby.
People today are starving for human connection and these little innocent objects floating across the wind could just be the cure for what ails us.
My next venture will be at Nursing Homes, Children's Hospital, or perhaps with the Homeless. I think if we could teach a homless person to be able to spread happiness they wouldn't need to beg for money. They could earn it and bring smiles at the same time. If you know of anyone that could use some cheer, email me and let' see what we can do with a little bit of soap and string. God bless you...