Years later, when I was a teenager, my boyfriend at the time had found out that I had never been to the circus. Ringling Brothers was coming in a few months so he bought tickets for us. Naturally, as fate would have it, we broke up before that time. He promised me that he would still take me to the circus, we were supposed to stay friends after all (and still lived in the same ward mind you)...but he didn't. I was sad I missed my chance again. Why I didn't just buy my OWN ticket I have no idea.
Fast forward to my married life. Alex found out I had never been to the circus before. And while he didn't really think it was a childhood tragedy, he recognized that I thought it was. :) While driving to California we stopped in Las Vegas for the night. He took me to see a Cirque Du Soleil show. And I love him for it. But it still wasn't a REAL circus. There were no animals. Lots of talented people, but no animals.
If I'm going to be completely honest, it was.....okay. Nothing really that amazing. We did leave before it ended, it took forever to start in the first place. They had stations where you could ride elephants, ponies, or a camel. But then they had to take it all down before the show could start. Unbelievably they set it all up again during intermission! Once we realized it was going to be another 30 minutes minimum before the show started again, and it was already 9:00 we decided to call it a night.
My boys seemed to enjoy themselves. And that's really what the night was about in the first place. They liked seeing the tigers and the little dog that climbed a ladder. Evan enjoyed seeing the acrobats do swings and flips.
I've never understood why the people in charge of a show think that eardrum bursting music = the best time of your life. It doesn't. If they would just turn it down a notch, I think everyone would enjoy themselves MORE. But maybe that's just me.
We brought some headphones for Evan. A nurse that I work with, whose son doesn't have Autism wears headphones to sporting events. I thought it would be a good idea given Evan's sensitivity to sound. It works perfectly. They didn't fit properly and we have since bought some child size headphones for future outings.
Graham got his first taste of Cotton Candy. At first he refused to eat it, because it was my suggestion (sigh) but once he gave it a try he loved it!
This is our attempt at getting a family picture. It's always such a challenge, especially when there are ANIMALS to look at. Graham was in heaven. :)
Daddy and his boys! Love the men in my life!
Doesn't this face just say it all?
I'm glad that I can finally say I've been to the circus, and I'm even happier to have shared the experience with my family!