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The Day the Circus Came to Town

February 22, 2013



A while back when Tom’s parents were in town, he was talking to his mom about how we had something to do on the 21st. I heard it, my brain processed it, I gave him a funny look and then I forgot.  I think my brain continued to work that one out.  A few days ago, Tom reminded me that we had something to do on the 21st as a family and that it was a surprised.  I smiled and said ‘Are we going to the circus?’  I really think my brain had been working out the mystery all along behind the scenes.  Leave it to me to ruin a great surprise. But it was still great.

We went out to dinner with a friend and her family and a few of their friends.  It was pretty much a circus right there.  There was a birthday celebration next to us that included balloons and a cake. Amidst 9 children and a pitcher of margaritas, what we really need needed was a mariachi band. Which showed up just in the nick of time.  My music loving children exclaimed over trumpets and guitars and violins and I reveled in their intelligence and enthusiasm.  Evie was so excited over the whole ordeal that as we walked back to the car to head over she said ‘Did you have fun at the circus? Its time to go home and play iPAD.’  For her, the music and balloons and loud, fun atmosphere had been enough.   She was satisfied.  It made me happy.  Because these moments for me, the ones where my children live in their blissful bubble of expecting nothing and appreciating everything, makes doing these things that much better to me.  She had no idea.  Until she did.



And of course this guy was a circus champ.  First circus at 1 year old, he stayed up till 10:30.  The only times he was fussy was when he got bored, spotted me and made mad lungs to get to me.










Because being 20 feet up in the air isn’t scary enough, we must have people that do this by dangling by their hair.



Of course this was the best show in the house.  Watching it all through their eyes.  Rett thought the entire thing was extremely amazing.  And the clowns were hilarious.



Just to prove my daughter was there in the elephant shirt we happened to own for just such a surprise occasion. She sat next to me and it was really too close for my camera to take pictures of her.




The entire circus was dragon themed and at the very end when they brought out the mechanical dragon, I think my children thought it was the real thing.



I still remember going to my first circus when I was 5 or 6. I wonder if these memories will become permanently tucked in there to be brought out at times to reminisce.  I wonder what parts spoke to them.  To me the circus is such an over the top, overwhelming sensory experience full of fun and illusion.   It was a good night.


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