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When Dreams Come True

Sunday, June 02, 2013

My four year old granddaughter has been asking since January if I would take her to the circus. Every time she asked, (often) I explained we have to wait until the circus comes to town. Watching a television version did nothing for her. She wanted to ride the elephant, eat cotton candy, and get a light up wand.

Today my daughter and I took the kids on a mystery trip to the Tebala Shrine Circus, in town for the week-end. When they realized where we were, they screamed. That is the best part of every mystery trip

Within the first ten minutes my granddaughter got a pink slushy, cotton candy, and a flashing star wand. That cost $25. Not horrible, but there were two more grandchildren.

I have to say, the magic of the circus left me years ago. It may have happened the year the elephants had diarrhea. It's a hard image to get out of my head.

Today I watched the tiger act, and hope they will escape. These tigers yawned. The clown acts were dumber than usual and the timing was off. The acrobatic tricks were underwhelming, but that's been true ever since my first sighting of Cirque du Soleil.

At intermission my daughter and the kids rode the elephant at $10 per rider, even the two year old. The elephant walked twice around the ring. Ride over. But no diarrhea and the kids were ready to go home. We avoided the crush of the crowd, and maddened drivers leaving an unmarked parking lot. Be thankful for big favors.

On the way home I asked my granddaughter if the circus was as good as she had imagined. "No. My dreams are better."

That's my girl.

My daughter & three grandchildren on the back half. My granddaughter is in the shiny pink (of course).
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  • OPTIMIST1948
    As a performer yourself, you may have had a more jaundiced eye, but when you said GD liked her imagination better -- well that sealed the deal. Now you just have to transfer that information so she can see thru the marketing on the sugary breakfast cereal!
    1627 days ago
  • KATHY024
    Very astute of your grand-daughter to recognize that reality is never as good as what your imagination is!! emoticon
    1627 days ago
    They enjoyed the experience, and your granddaughter still has her dreams. Sounds good to me.
    1630 days ago
    Nothing like creating memories that will last them a lifetime =]
    1630 days ago
    sounds like a great day
    1631 days ago
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