I never really liked the circus as a kid. I went a couple of times with the Girl Scouts. what I remember more than the acts or the animals is the gross consumerism, where vendors sold gobs of things that every kid wants - glow sticks, candy, light-up toys, and this insidious coloring book that on its own was questionably fun, but had a raffle ticket in the back that granted eligibility for some fabulous prize. I never had a budget for any of this, either from a failure to bring money or an unwillingness to squander a limited allowance on these goods. so I squandered a lot of circus time on envy, wishing I had a coloring book with a winning ticket number.
while my feelings toward circuses is thus not very warm, I nonetheless find myself recently enchanted with circus fabrics.
I bid on this but didn't win.
I bought this instead:
(granted, this is much more charming than the Shrine Circus in real life.)
and then I have this one already in the collection: