Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Cutting Him Some Slack
After having worked at Circus World Museum for many years, I developed an appreciation for the skill, talent and constant practice required by circus performers to perfect their craft. While out walking one recent evening, my husband Larry and I came upon two young men practicing some acrobatics on straps horizontally stretched and secured to trees. Two of the trees secured the strap tightly, while the other two trees held a strap that had some slack to it. The young men were practicing walking and running across the straps. We didn't talk with them, so we didn't ever learn why they were putting themselves through such an exercise, but it was fascinating to watch them nonetheless. In a circus town such as ours, one has the excitement of being entertained in the most delightful and sometimes unexpected ways.