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Step Right Up, Ladies and Gentlemen!


Posted on 9/13/2010 1:48:00 PM

by Ken Bartels, Sr. Vice President

 

The Circus permits us to recall moments from our past...


 

The tent mushroomed up out of the Sandburg Middle School grounds. The tent signaled the arrival of the circus in Elmhurst courtesy of the District 205 Foundation and the Elmhurst Jaycees. The tent signaled something else…fun!
 
My wife and I took in the circus along with our two grandchildren. All four of us were the perfect ages for the circus, especially the two of them at 5 and 3. Then again, no one ever really outgrows the circus, do you think? 
 
The Kelly Miller Circus isn’t gigantic but its’ performers were captivating, the elephants were big and the tigers roared just often enough to keep us very attentive. I mean, after all, how many times do you hear tigers roar in Elmhurst? The ninety minute show, with an intermission, was the right amount of time. It allowed all of us, and the others in attendance, just enough time to marvel about what we were seeing, appreciate that we were seeing it in Elmhurst, and to understand that the circus always will have a place in our lives. My grandchildren saw a circus with their Nana and Papa. They now have that memory, never to be taken away, for that matter, so do we. 
 
The circus permits us to recall moments from our past that perhaps were new at the time, innocent in their time, and important for what they set the stage for later…right into today. The circus isn’t real life, of course. It’s too grand for that…too colorful…too flashy. Right?
 
I know my grandchildren liked it. My wife and I liked it too. Maybe the circus should come more often for all of us?
 
The tent has come down...for now.
 
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