Monday, August 03, 2009

August 2009: The Greatest Show on Earth!

This past Saturday I took the boys to Ringling Bros/Barnum & Bailey Circus with some of my family and friends. (I have learned that the circus is a delicate subject for some, so I apologize to anyone that is offended that I would take my family.) We were able to get some good seats at a discounted price-yeah! I made the boys and myself some fun clown bowties and ties just to help us get in the right mood. The circus folk loved them and I think the boys did too.

It was fun to watch the boys' faces when all the mayhem began-clowns, zebras, acrobats, dancers, etc. The show really held their attention with their favorite being the elephants. Several times during the show they sang the song "Do Not Try This at Home" sung to the cheerleading anthem "Bang Bang Choo Choo Train" to deter the kids from trying to do a couple of disturbing things like saw someone in half or skewer them with a flaming rod. Eyan asked me later that day how they sawed that man in half. That one I could answer but they actually did a few tricks I have no idea how they pulled off.

As I watched all the different performers I wondered what their lives must be like, that would be an interesting reality show. Are all the girlie dancers vying for the one main singing/dancing girl's job? Is it prestigious to be able to be a dancer and ride on an elephant? How did these people end up with these jobs, particularly the male clowns? Does the woman who does a handstand while dogs jump between her legs feel fulfilled in her career or does she aspire to something else? I think the answers would be very interesting to hear.

We had a great time and I would like to take them again another time.


  1. I'm so glad you all had a good time. We did too but with our tickets being for Thursday night, it made for a very late night. The actual circus didn't start until 7:30. We as you had a wonderful time though and even with the research and review I didn't realize there was a protesting crowd until the next day. I've given it some serious thought and I do believe you can't poke an elephant and make it do something it doesn't want to do. I also think elephants are very smart and the training probably stimulates its brain. Barnum and Bailey also have an elephant preserve in Florida where they raise elephants.
    Alot to think about just because we went to the circus...right?

  2. "the woman who does a handstand while dogs jump between her legs feel fulfilled in her career..." hahahahahahahahahahah Awesome! Wish i had been there!



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