Here's to World Circus Day!

"Damn everything but the circus! ...damn everything that is grim, dull, motionless, unrisking, inward turning, damn everything that won't get into the circle, that won't enjoy. That won't throw it's heart into the tension, surprise, fear and delight of the circus, the round world, the full existence."

e.e. cummings

Tomorrow is World Circus Day and it has me thinking - what is it about circus that makes it such a wonderful enrichment to our lives, to the lives of our children? Of course it is fun, it is a great way to develop strength, creativity, coordination, gross and fine motor skills.

It is also a brilliant way to build relationships. It requires a level of trust in people, in apparatus, in oneself that is both beautiful and sometimes terrifying. It is this constant, playful, and intentional risk-taking, that builds the mettle we all had to muster this past year.