Tuesday, March 13, 2012

My Circus Job

I read this on a Groupon email today. I was laughing out loud, literally. (No LOL: I hate abbreviating text, isn't language too beautiful to shorten?)

The Groupon Guide to: Circus Jobs

More youths than ever are fleeing their idyllic home lives for the clamor and glamour of the traveling circus. Before you sneak beneath the flaps of the big top, consider how your skills might be put to use in the world of the circus:
• Do you enjoy picking up chairs and brandishing a whip?
The ideal circus career for you is: Setting up chairs for the audience. Once the chairs are all set up, you can whip the audience into a frenzy with a preshow skit about turning off your cell phone.
• Do you enjoy high-flying danger?
The ideal circus career for you is: Flag placer. Picture the perfect circus tent—what do you see at the top? That's right, a tiny flag, placed there by an able-bodied volunteer who is unafraid to scale the tent in order to get the tiny wind-flapping pennant just right. You're helping!
• Do you enjoy cramming yourself into a tiny car?
The ideal circus career for you is: Any. Most circus employees travel under incredibly cramped conditions, often sharing the car with cumbersome passengers whose defining traits are that they are "strongmen," "fat ladies," or "elephants."
It reminded me of the amazing circus act I perform everyday 
post-school announcing 4 kids by name (mine, plus a friend's daughter) as they climb into our cozy, little 1999 Honda Civic. 
The boys take turns sandwiching themselves between the 2 girls in booster seats in back. 

Emma recently asked for a mini-van. 

Matthew pointed out yesterday that as we each get in the car sinks closer to the ground. 

I would like to ("ahem!") point out that we don't have to make a monthly car payment and the fact my kids aren't walking home from school. (And we share conversation together on the drive home - moments they will appreciate when they're older.) 

Still, my daily circus act is as hilarious as Groupons' daily email. 

My circus clowns

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