We run the risk of being considered spoil-sport, stingy, incomprehensible, insensitive, and out-of-touch. We joyfully accept such risk.
This harsh stance will also extend to $10 bags of cotton candy, $15 snow cones in plastic elephant cups, and $50 small stuffed tigers.
I can pretty much be assured that the day following the circus,Youngest Son will again attempt to teach our 2 large, aging dogs to perform feats of dexterity and daring.
This will involve the disappearance of large amounts of Milk Bones and an increase in our golden's arthritis.
Middle Son, on the other hand, will come back from the circus totally convinced that he can tightrope-walk the deck railing . . . and then free fall to the trampoline 1 story below.
Youngest Daughter will have reawakened within her her life's calling to some form of entertainment career involving skimpy outfits with lots of sequins and long, flowing hair.
There are many reasons for which this career path seems undesirable and ill-advised.
In the face of these risks, our crew of 7 continues to press on, enjoying the circus every couple of years.
The joy, excitement, and adrenaline rushes while enjoying the three rings, make the risks a small price to pay.
It is, after all, the greatest show on earth!