Gary and I had a great time at the circus yesterday, but afterwards we also discussed the difficulties of a life spent performing 32 weeks a year. He knows some of the “hardships of the road” from his many years as a truck driver. It’s not all about fast highways and pretty scenery. And I remember some of the problems encountered by circus families. I taught in Hugo- the winter home of several circuses- for four years. I’ve talked to parents and I know they have concerns for their children’s health, safety, and education. Everything we do each day and much of what we take for granted is complicated by living in an RV in a different city nearly every day and having a career that is physically and emotionally demanding. I salute the small circus and the families who make them possible!
BTW- If you have a chance, be sure to visit Hugo and see some of the circus attractions.