The Circus Comes to Town: No. 31 of 40 Forts

The Circus Comes to Town: No. 31 of 40 Forts

The Circus Comes to Town: No. 31 of 40 Forts

With this fort, I was in the home stretch, yet the last ten continued to feel so far away. Fortunately, I pulled a magazine off the shelf and turned directly to this page. Lovely. Plus it was just days after missing Lucy’s first Elephant Parade.

I caught my first Elephant Parade in Southeast DC the first year we were here. Every year, the elephants are walked down from the train tracks to the Verizon Center the day before the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. So why not follow up with a second parade now that I have a baby.

I had several errands that day. We stopped by the studio, the library and church. I picked up Eric and Leah to head over to the Verizon Center. We were following the parade route via Twitter. Apparently, they were moving at a pretty quick clip. By the time we made it around the corner of the Verizon Center, of our four Racing Presidents, only George was there. Teddy and the other Presidents had to ride in pedicabs to keep up.

top view of three rings

top view of three rings

So we missed the elephants. But I love this image of the elephant’s foot raised in the march, carrying a banner above her head. Only half way through making the rings did I realize the nice symbolism of a three-ring circus. I do believe that this is a family favorite – Alex’s, Mom’s and one of mine. I just asked Henry his favorite fort off the top of his head and he picked this one, as well.

side view of The Circus Comes to Town

side view of The Circus Comes to Town

The caption reads:

She was surprised by the elephants’ quick stride.

Just another day in Chinatown. You’ve got to love it. Lucy, I promise we will catch the elephants next year.

Just this week, we saw Teddy walking down H Street. I had to give him a high-five after he gave Lucy a thumbs up. I told him that we were cheering for him and want him to win.

This paper sculpture, roughly the size of a coffee cup, is one of forty forts I created during Lent 2010 as a creative exercise and spiritual exploration.

Read about all of the Forty Forts.

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