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Bon Bons at The Not-So-Big Top

Once, when Pascal and I were in France, we took his nephews to see a small, traveling European circus in the countryside. The crowd was sparse (maybe 40-50 people), but the show still had to go on! The tent was shopworn; the animals looked a bit haggard; the juggler dropped his pins a lot; and the pups in the dog act needed another session of obedience school. But the spirit of the circus family was infectious. Kids, parents, uncles, aunts, and grandparents gave it their all while performing a sundry of silly sketches. At the time, I had just taken an amateur photography class. I had brought my camera along, and after the show I managed to snap a few great shots of the younger children dressed in their clown outfits. They were playing outside by their trailers. What were they playing? Circus, of course, complete with plastic elephants, tigers and horses. I consider those photographs among the best I've ever taken, and I promise that one day I'll dig them out, scan them, and share them with you here on this blog.

Until then, I leave you with another small (but decidedly more polished) European family circus that features the handsome Scandinavian circus clown, Bon Bon.

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