I was happy to go to the circus as a child. I loved cotton candy and pink popcorn. Sadly, I never met a real tattooed lady.
I enjoyed Water For Elephants, the book and the movie. Reese Witherspoon is one of my most favorite actresses and she was great in her part.
As a designer and a visual appreciator of all things fabulous, artistic and over the top, I love the theatrics- the costumes, the make-up, the striped canopy tent. As a country girl, I loved the animals, the smells, the tense energy that surrounded the Circus compound.
If you want to see some marvelous vintage circus photos, check out THIS LINK.
When I was a young Mom, I had the chance once to take the kids to the circus. I'm not sure they remember it. I think we went with our neighbors. They may remember playing with my old Fisher Price Circus (handed down to me by my Grandma Snydal) We had two Circus trains and double of all the animals (my favorite was always the black seal balancing a ball on his nose) and (there was only one ringmaster, my sisters used to fuss over who got to run the show:
My kids do remember me telling them about the Circus I went to when I was a kid. It came up while watching the Muppets, there's a great clip of Kermit the Frog singing my favorite circus song of all, LYDIA oh LYDIA....
"You can learn a lot from Lydia..."
I dare you to NOT be happy while listening to Groucho Marx or Kermit the Frog singing Lydia the Tattooed Lady. And here's a real picture of (what I think is) the gal, with her three kids. She has the tattoos, I've been called crazy, but we each have our arms around our three lovely children- with a nutty mama's love.
And as one of my favorite bloggers Seth Godin says:
"... you can focus on serving your muse, on making the song in your head real, regardless of who wants to hear it."