The Circus, Buttons, and Monday

Yesterday, we celebrated Ellette’s 8th birthday.  It was fantastic.

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One of the things we love about where we live is that there is a local circus school – the Actor’s Gymnasium.  Ellette and I both take classes there, and love to watch people we know put on amazing shows.

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Their winter show this year is called “Skooled: A Study in Circus.”  It was the perfect performance for a group of 12 girls for a party.  They were all well behaved and thoroughly enjoyed the show.  They were excited to share this experience together, and thrilled that it was not a conventional birthday party.

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Especially because a lot of the pre-show audience warm up happened at the edge of our row.  Some of our party members were doused with water and coved in silly string.  It was hilarious.  One of the performers joined us in a different room after the show where we ate cake and opened presents.  The girls got to ask her all sorts of questions about the show and the training involved in it.

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No school today left Ellette at the office with me, where we brought one of her birthday presents – a button making kit.  She spent the morning cutting out fabric circles and pressing them into buttons, which she then gave away.

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I asked why she wasn’t making any for herself.  Her response was that she liked giving things away; she liked making people happy.  I gave her a giant hug and told her she is the nicest person I have ever met, because giving – especially something from a special birthday present – is not an easy task for many people, and she doesn’t give it a second thought.  I have the best kid ever.

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In the meantime, I have been working intermittently at my Bosc scarf for the knit-along over at For The Knit of It.  My poor chess board has hit the back-burner, so I am trying to instigate a rule of knitting a chess piece or two squares of the board before I can work on this each day.  We’ll see how long that lasts.

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