Our Circus Family
“What is it like to live as a circus family?”
When people ask me this question I’m sure they are anticipating exciting and bizarre stories involving crazy ring-masters, forbidden romance, death defying stunts, hair-raising accidents & injuries, heroic physical feats, contortionists, jugglers, clowns, and a bit of magic.
I will not disappoint them.
Noah and I formed our circus company, Terminal Circus, nearly 5 years ago. It came on the heels of my escape from the confines of an abusive marriage to a most controlling ring-master. Our forbidden romance blossomed as we created acts together and began flying all over the Hawaiian Islands, and the world, for circus jobs of every variety. We began the company as a duo, but as the children grew they wanted in on the action. Our greatest death-defying stunt was performed by my 16 year old son, Jaidon, when he peacefully took his last breath, leaving us to applaud his magnificence with an ovation that will never end. Only 3 weeks after Jaidon’s final act, I was in a hair-raising accident caused by a teenaged driver. Although my injuries were considered catastrophic, I have recovered in only two and a half years, a heroic physical feat indeed. Our family members all work together on a daily basis, bending with greater flexibility than any contortionist in order to help one another experience the fullness of each day. As Noah and I juggle life’s many responsibilities, we are always aware that we live a life of abundant love, surrounded by color, artistry, laughter, ridiculousness and kindness. We are a family that is living each moment as it comes, relishing the exquisite beauty and handling the unexpected horror that can occur at any time during an unpredictable act with no safety net.
What is it like to live as circus family?
Like you are squished in with people you love… laughing, shoving, adjusting, throwing popcorn, squealing, honking, and driving around and around in a car full clowns.
There is more than a bit of magic in every moment.