Monday, August 27, 2012

Circus World Museum

We joined another homeschooling family for a day at Circus World.  I started out the adventure in tears to be honest.  I was running a tiny bit late, which was made much later by getting pulled over on the freeway by a police officer.  He wrote me a warning ticket for obstruction of view.  The windshield wipers work on our car, but they stop in the 'up' position.  He said that he'd "trust my honesty and integrity", whatever that had to do with it.  

As I was waiting in line after finally getting there, the girls were frantic with desperation over needing the bathroom, water fountain, etc., but those things were past the ticket area.  Not knowing where my friend was, 20 minutes late to meet up, and overwhelmed, I burst into tears as I was paying for the tickets.  Not a very auspicious start to the day.... (I've been feeling a bit restless and agitated in general the last few days which probably had more to do with the tears than the immediate events.)

  But we got seats just as the show was starting. and my anxieties melted away...

 After the performance, Sylvia and her friend enjoyed a pony ride while Camille opted for riding on an elephant.

 We followed the girls' lead, while us mamas with younger ones chatted and strolled.

 After an enjoyable picnic lunch, we had ice cream treats and explored some more.

 Feeding the goats and llama was an excitement the girls didn't want to end, so they gathered the grains and corn that were dropped all around the feeding pen and fed them over and over.

 By unanimous girl decision, we watched the circus show AGAIN.  This time with front row seats,...
 a clown who got each girls' autograph,...
 and a chance to go on stage to help get the circus started!

The second time around I noticed different things than the first time.  Little facial expressions of pride and satisfaction on the performers faces could be seen from the front row.  This performer (the man with his back to us, not the Pekinese) is a 9th generation circus performer who first hit the stage at the age of 2 and had been performing for the 70 years since. He was still full of enthusiasm and smiles.

These jugglers and 2nd generation circus performers are the parents of
this 3rd generation performer.

While this beautiful horse rider is the mother of the aerialist.
 Can you imagine growing up in a circus family?

 Ayla slept through the entire show this time around.  I love having a portable lap-napper.

 The girls proudly posed with the aerialist after her last daring feat, the Slide for Life.  She glided along a wire spanning the Baraboo River, suspended by her head and neck.  Yikes!

Even though my experience started in tears, we were primarily filled with smiles, friendship, awe, and magic through out the day.  The Circus World Museum, taken at a child's pace, was a delightful all-day experience.

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