Some days motherhood feels an awful lot like a circus. There is always something exciting happening, always something to watch, and every day is a unique adventure. With the animals, the food, the music, the performers, what is my role in this circus-like existence we call motherhood? I guess I am the talent coordinator.
I am the one who knows everyone’s food likes and dislikes. I have their food orders memorized at Chick-fil-a. I know what music soothes and which will cause a sibling disagreement to break-out. I am always coaching everyone on everything, even areas where I have never tread before. Prom hair, I got you. Science project, sure. Relationship questions, bring them on. Financial needs? I will figure out a way to magically pull the needed resources out of my hat. Runny noses, quarrels, special needs, comforting and confronting, mending clothes and mending hearts. Coaching, helping, encouraging, and meeting the often unreasonable demands of an overly tired or hungry child. So, in my future life of running away and joining a circus, I am ready to be the talent coordinator.
What has me thinking about circuses? Dumbo, of course. This old childhood classic is being brought back to life. I am already anticipating the gut-wrenching scene where Dumbo’s mother fiercely tries to protect her baby and then herself ends up in jail. I always get choked-up and mentally whisper, “Right on, sister. I am right there with you.”
About The Movie (Synopsis)
From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, “Dumbo” expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits the peculiar pachyderm for his newest, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland. Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming and spectacular aerial artist, Colette Marchant (Eva Green), until Holt learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of dark secrets. “Dumbo” soars into theaters on March 29.