But You Didn’t

This is one of my contributions to A Scary Moment.  Wow so many scary stories over at ABC Open.  Tunnels, guns, water, flooding, storms, operations, car trips,  train journeys, ghosts, haunted houses, and public speaking.  What’s your scary moment?  Hmm next I am thinking of my safest moments, just so I can have a good nights sleep.

Circus Oz
Circus Oz – http://www.flickr.com/photos/botheredbybees/3970494686/


It’s our first family trip to the circus, and we’re giddy with excitement.  I haven’t been to any circus since I was in primary school.

This circus is all people doing the tricks.

The people are tall and short, thin and graceful and most of all vibrantly colourful.  They are welcoming and entertaining in the way they walk and talk.

Our daughter is beside herself.  She’s in her element; after all she goes to the supermarket wearing scuba diving gear and frills.

There’s no chance of escaping lions, monkeys or elephants. We prefer to see those in documentaries, firmly in their natural habitat, or in the zoo.  In the wild would be even better, but zoos do so much for conservation and where else could you safely see some amazing creatures of the world for real.

No, in this circus the only people who might be hurt are people doing tricks, but they’ve practiced heaps of times so you don’t expect that.  Perhaps we might be a little scared that they might be hurt, but that’s the thrill of circus.

We make our way in and there’s a display to walk through with a bit of the history of circus.  Our eldest son is interested and keen on the history and the colour.

Our youngest appears to be thrilled and as ready as his siblings for the circus action.

‘Roll up, roll up,’ now we are ushered to the big tent.

I’m a proud parent thinking, ‘My three children are in for a treat, an unforgettable experience.  They’ll know why everyone wants to run away with the circus.’

I am thinking, ‘how lucky are we to be given free tickets by our friend whose husband puts up big top tents all around Australia.’

We are seated looking on a ramp and hoops of fire.  Sound of motorbikes.   I think riders are about to go through the hoops. Excitement, anticipation, but this is what we tell our youngest happened:
You should’ve had eyes wide as platters
so keyed up for our first trip to the circus
fire and hoops
magic and loops 
. . .but you didn’t

You should’ve been laughing
seeing clowns in kangaroo suits
acrobatically jumping on planks
. . .but you didn’t

You should’ve clapped
And sighed with relief
when the girl on wire
made it seem so easy peasy
to balance and dance
. . .but you didn’t

At the start
when motorbike riders came through a hoop of fire
you could’ve been transported
to a world of daring
called circus
. . .but you shut your eyes tight with fright and
went soundly to a sleep  

. . .for the rest of the show

For my Scary Moment Contributions  to ABC Open Click HERE

One thought on “But You Didn’t

  1. That’s a great story. It sounds like when I took my boys to the nutcracker – not nearly as exciting as motorcycles in fire but I had to wake them up to go home!


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