Monday, May 20, 2013

Under the Big Top

The circus was in town on Victoria Day weekend, so after our visit to Fort Calgary we went to Big Top for the show. It was a pretty small venue, so we had a great view of the action. It was actually really entertaining and I think the kids enjoyed themselves.

The kids really liked the exotic animals, but maybe not as feverishly as some people -- R noted that there was a guy sitting in front of us who was over the moon about the large contingent of Bengal Tigers that opened the show. He shot photos pretty much non-stop during that segment and then left during intermission. Our kids enjoyed the Bengals, but maybe not quite as much as him. They probably liked seeing the elephant relief itself into a garbage can about as much as anything else. Potty humour abounds among the younger set in our house.

I was genuinely concerned for the safety of the acrobat who jumped rope on the outside of the revolving Wheel of Death. He was sweating like a maniac throughout, and when he missed a skip and nearly fell off the top he was either genuinely freaked out or a pretty decent actor. I remember going to the circus when I was young and the only things I can remember very clearly are the trapeze and the wheel of death, so I am glad that we got to subject our children to similarly harrowing experiences.

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