Sunday, May 02, 2010

Thomas' First Circus


Watching Thomas watch the circus was more fun that the actual performances!

I can not describe to you the heat that was in that tent tonight. You could not adequately understand the level of discomfort that we all went through. It was an unusually hot day and it reached 91 or so degrees outside. So, pack hundreds of people and animals in a large enclosed tent and you have somewhere along the lines of a sweat box!

I am pretty sure I sweated off about 10 pounds--but it was worth it! My Thomas' head was on a swivel. He was watching anything and everything. He especially loved the animals, but when they brought the motorcycles and 4-wheelers in--he was so excited!

It has been 2 years since we took Gracie to the circus, and this is only her 3rd chance to go. I have to say this one was my favorite. Maybe because we knew what to expect, or because the performances were so exciting to watch. But, we all had a good time. Nope, not Garren, he doesn't do clowns, and hay--we took Aunt Ruth! Which of course made it that much more fun. Apparently she makes everything more fun according to my kids.

While watching the show Ruth and I took turns dousing the kids with water. I had brought along 3 large bottles of water because I knew it would be hot and the drinks would be ridiculously expensive. But, I wasn't prepared for it to be that hot. I could just imagine Gracie passing out or throwing up. But, we kept them cool and mommy popped for snow cones which also seemed to help the comfort level.

Now, I did take a few pictures, but they aren't pretty. We weren't super close, but close enough to enjoy the show. But, that wasn't the issue. We were all so hot and red and sweaty! So, I won't be sharing many, and Ruth would kill me if I did!

We really did have a great time, and after the circus Daddy and Uncle George joined us for dinner at Denny's which was also fun--and much, much cooler!

I know that there are many people out there who have very strong opinions about the circus, and I have to say I am kind of indifferent. I have no doubt that the laws in our country protect those animals. And quite frankly, I think every child should have a chance to go and see a circus. It is just one of those "life experiences" we should all have. I still remember my first circus--or at least one of the few times I went. I remember sitting and watching with my Aunt Lou and Uncle Hubert. These days it is sadly on the expensive side. But, put some away and take your kids. You will be hot--but you will have a memory that will last longer than the discomfort of heat and the loss of your money.

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