I got my hands on a pair of Cirque de Soleil tickets and took Nathan to see their Totem show.
I've been a huge fan of Cirque for a long time but their tickets are so expensive that I've never quite been able to justify going to myself. There's always been something else we were saving for.
Nathan was quite excited about the idea of going to the circus, although I tried to caution him that there wouldn't be any animals. It would be all acrobats and dancers and musicians.
We arrived at the big tent and got ourselves some cotton candy. We found our seats and sat down to watch the clowns warming up the show. There was a ringmaster all done up in red and he had some kind of LED inside his top hat. Every time he took off the hat, he had his own personal spotlight.
He came up to a spot near our seats and spotted Nathan looking all around with eyes as wide as saucers. He smiled at him and tipped his hat.
Nathan's eyes got even wider. "Mommy, he has a light in his hat!"
The ringmaster put his finger to his lips and winked at Nathan before moving on.
Nathan announced at the top of his lungs: "Mommy, he has a light in his hat. But, shhh, don't tell anyone. It's a secret."
It was an amazing performance but a long one for a little guy. Especially since I don't think he quite shares my amazement of acrobatics. (I could watch people who push their bodies to the limits all day: b-boys, dancers, acrobats, freejumpers, martial artists.) Nathan wanted to go home at intermission but revived with a little popcorn.
I'm glad we went. I think Nathan enjoyed himself but I suspect it will be like going to the zoo. I love going to zoos. The kids can enjoy a zoo ... for awhile. I've learned to pack it in long before I'm ready so that I can end things while they're still having fun. Maybe Nathan will want to go back another day, maybe not. Either way, I'm glad to have shared it with him.