They grow up, these children of ours, don’t they?
Sometimes fast, sometimes slow, sometimes noticeably, sometimes imperceptibly.
It was only in April that we started taking Jake & Ellie out to see shows; we weren’t sure before then whether or not they were able to sit still long enough. We took them to a children’s magic show at Folly Farm Adventure Park & Zoo: it was great fun & very entertaining, even for the grown-ups! Jake in fact loved it so much that he cried when it finished because he wanted “more magic”!
Those shows were probably only 30-odd minutes long; certainly no more than hour. To be honest I can’t remember! When in the same month however we took them to the circus it was a bit different: it was over 2 hours long, with an intermission. Although they seemed to enjoy it, & have since told us that they did, it was pretty clear that their attention span just didn’t stretch that far. To be fair it was very mixed in quality: some of the acts were incredible & the clown was hilarious, but a lot of it was a bit naff & amateurish.
We went to the circus again last week & it was very different. They sat through all of it, joining in, & obviously enjoying it. There was very little of trying to run around, climbing the seats, etc.
It was a different circus, & unlike the first one it was excellent throughout: just about every act had me gasping in amazement & I saw things there that beforehand I would have sworn were impossible.
That aside however it seemed clear to me that they were just more grown-up, that in as little as 3 months they had become quite capable of sitting still & enjoying a 2-hour plus show! They are very active & energetic , & every so often the dreaded acronym ‘ADHD’ crosses my mind; it’s times like these that make me realise that I have no need to worry!
I asked them afterwards which part of the show they most enjoyed. Their answer? Getting photographed with Mickey & Minnie at halftime!
They may be growing up but they’re still kids!