Our house was large, which was no luxury since it was filled with children and books. My Dad had the upper floors braced with steel beams; his library was heavy. Books filled his study and dominated the six bedrooms. Even the stairs were lined with bookshelves. We never ran out of reading material, one of the perks of his job as the editor-in-chief of a newspaper. Another advantage was free tickets to the theater, opera, and to the occasional circus passing through. Dad liked the opera. I liked the circus. The circus won, and I peeled potatoes for eight all winter. I still prefer the smell of elephants, tigers and lions to that of potato skin. And the horses! Not to forget the ladies riding bareback, flaunting their gauze tutus. I realize that in our day and time, trained animas are an issue, but to me, sitting front row, the circus was another world, one of romance, adventure, color and exotic smells.
4.5″ x 8.25″ x 26″
11.5cm x 21cm x 66cm