“The Shrine Circus is in town!”

This news was relayed to me by Nick’s Mom on Saturday morning when she got back from a hair appointment. Well, of course we’re going to go; kids love the circus!

This was one of those situations where parents use their children as an excuse to do something they want to do, but feel stupid doing as adults. You know, like buying Lego when your child is too young to use them, or buying an Air Hogs R/C Helicopter because “it will entertain Nick.”

So, the family packed into the truck for a fun-filled afternoon of watching circus performers do their thing. I’m sure there is more than one group of circus performers for the Shrine Circus, but the group that visited our hometown did a great job. One thing I really noticed was how many jobs each performer did at the show. For example, the Russian jugglers were also the elephant trainers and the Brazilian dancers, but it was still fun. You definitely get your money’s worth. The show lasted every minute of three hours (including the intermission); it was actually too long in my opinion.

Surprisingly, Nick did alright. He watched some of the performances (elephants, horses, and the guy on the high-wire swing), and he cried some too. The tent was really hot, and he was tired, so his behaviour wasn’t perfect, but it was pretty good, and I was quite proud of him when we left.

I remember going to the circus once as a child, however, the only thing I remember of the circus was not being allowed to ride the elephants. This was definitely a Saturday done right.