The Greatest Show On Earth

by Stefani on 3-November-2007

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So, I usually avoid stuff like this… crowds, overpriced crap your kids will die without, sugar coated sugar, sensory overload on a stick… but when our friends said they were going to the circus, and they had enough tickets to get our kids in too, how could I refuse?

It Ain't the Circus Without It!

Honestly, what is the circus, if not the unchanging embodiement of childhood? It was awe, wonder, drama, anticipation, anxious, trembling glee. It was sticky and loud and delicious.

Children are so nice to have on hand, so that you always have a built in excuse to do childish things!

The difference though, between children and adults, is that while they sat rapt, with jaws slack, hanging on each move, each joke, each swish of the tail, my mind wandered.

Here Come the Elephants!

Who are these people?

Are the tiger trainers married?

Death Defying

Is the acrobat as lonely as she seems?

I Was So Nervous For Her!

Are all those dancing girls former drill team captains? Are they dating the men in black who move the equipment around in the shadows? (Those men are called “roustabouts” by the way, and I kinda want to be one, based solely on the coolness of the title.)

What did they eat for breakfast? Is there a travelling cook?

Who is watching their children?

Were they born into the circus or did they run away to join? Was it an ambition or a last resort?

Is her name truly Elaina? Or is it something more like Jenny or Kim?

Ladies and Gentlemen!

Where did she get those boots?

My children want to look up answers to their questions. Things like “Why do only some elephants have tusks?” and “How do you teach dogs to jump through hoops?”

Those questions, are easy enough to research and resolve, but Google will not answer my questions.

Sarah Jackson November 3, 2007 at 2:46 pm

darned good questions! I always wonder how someone actually ends up in the circus.

You’re a braver woman than me. Just the pictures of all that busy-ness made me all squicky. But it sure looks like fun, so thanks for the report!

Anne November 3, 2007 at 3:20 pm

I will try tp find you on NaBloPoMo tonight; it’s confusing me and now I am listed twice.

kirsten November 3, 2007 at 3:55 pm

ha! that is so me. i am always distracted by the things i don’t really need to know.

sarah November 3, 2007 at 4:08 pm

i am glad to know that others wonder at those questions too. “roustabout” is a marvelous title. it would make a good name of a blog.

i’m glad you are confused by nablopomo’s website (is that rude of me?). i am very confused by it. i registered with it, but can’t find myself anywhere and don’t know if i need to re-register or what? and do i HAVE to post on that website too? will the randomizer hit my site, or only those posted on nablopomo’s site? (i am not expected you to answer these, i’m just voicing my confusion…) i feel like i am just missing something…

Donna November 3, 2007 at 5:42 pm

Sounds like a great time!

Female Asian elephants do not have tusks. Both genders of African elephants do have tusks.

Miranda has a kit called “how to train your cat”, one of the things was a hoop. I believe you were supposed to start with the hoop touching the ground, and encourage the cat to walk through the hoop, if she did–reward it. Then gradually raise the hoop higher and higher. Bella just looked at her as though she were crazy–maybe dogs are a little easier.

kristin November 3, 2007 at 7:28 pm

i. can’t. tell. you. how. much. i. want. to. know. the. answers. to. your. questions.

i will sleep tonight and dream some up.

Meredith November 3, 2007 at 7:59 pm

You should read Water for Elephants. The author did a tremendous amount of research on the old circuses in order to write this fiction novel, and you’ll learn a lot while being very entertained!

leslie November 3, 2007 at 8:44 pm

too funny….we just went to the circus today! and i have to say….my mind wandered too with the same thoughts….special diets to stay fit? travel with children? how long do they train? does everyone have a crush on everyone else? (that seemed to be the one i kept going back to) 🙂

leslie November 4, 2007 at 12:49 am

after reading “water for elephants” i dont look at the circus the same… your pix look fun though and love that cat through the fire ring picture. i see someone else referenced the same book… funny!

MamaOutThere November 4, 2007 at 2:13 am

Well, I’ve lived in the ex-USSR (many circus people come from here) for five years now and I can tell you those boots are everywhere — especially when it’s icy out.

Cheryl November 4, 2007 at 3:32 am

Looks fun! I haunted a small town circus set-up all day without rations to get some good pics. I was disappointed in the shots BUT we had a blast at the circus. I didn’t blog the circus but they are loaded on my flickr.

When I saw the circus was coming to town, I did research on the company to satisfy my need to know whether their animals were treated well. Darn that conscious thing. After a full day with the animals, watching every move, I feel more comfortable that the care of the animals was top priority. I really had the sense that these folks loved the animals and their needs were met.

michelle November 4, 2007 at 4:52 am

Great pics. I think many of the same things that you do –but mainly ‘did they run away to the circus?’

I just found out last night that the Ringling Bros. Circus has been in our town the last few days until today and we missed ticket sales. =(

Eren November 4, 2007 at 5:13 am

Yep, this is me too…always thinking about the story behind the story. This is exactly why I love reading everything you write. Sounds like a great evening!!!

dianeinjapan November 4, 2007 at 5:08 pm

I’m laughing about your questions. I don’t know if you ever saw the movie “Elvis, Roustabout Elvis” (a real classic, mind you), but I remember thinking as a child that “roustabout” was just a terribly cool word!

Marjorie November 4, 2007 at 9:43 pm

Those are all things I would have been thinking, too! Glad I’m not the only one 🙂

Teaque November 5, 2007 at 6:58 am

OH my!! You are so me… I did the very same thing when we went to the circus. What is it about those people and how they ended up there and how they live that mesmerizes us so???

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