“Hey Jake!” called Midge as she ran around the corner and through the gate at Jake's house. “Where are you?”
“What is all the excitement?” asked Jake sitting up. “You are sure in a hurry this morning.”
“The circus is here!” smiled Midge. “And I'm not in trouble with the mistress so came running to tell you.”
“Great,” said Jake. “I'm glad you aren't in trouble. Booker-T wanted to see the circus too so lets go find him and take him to the park where they are setting up the tents.”
“Okay,” said Midge as she leaped down the steps of the porch.
“You are in a hurry this morning, aren't you,” stated Jake laughing at her excitement about the circus.
“Oh yes,” smiled Midge. “I think the circus is a neat thing to see. I want to see the big animals but I don't want to get too close and get stepped on or bitten.”
The two friends started down the sidewalk to Booker-T's house and Jake kept trying to slow Midge down a little. Her little legs were nearly running. “Slow down Midge,” said Jake. “We will get there soon enough and the circus will be here for a few days.”
“I know Jake,” said Midge. “But I am so excited. I can't wait to see it.”
They turned the corner and saw Booker-T coming out of the gate to his front yard. “Hey you two,” said Booker-T. “What are you doing this morning?”
“Midge is in a hurry to go see the circus,” said Jake.
“Is the circus here now?” asked Booker-T.
“Yes,” said Midge. “They are setting up the tents in the park now. Come on, I want to go see them.”
“Wow, I can't wait to see it,” said Booker-T. “You make it sound so exciting.”
“Oh it is,” said Midge. “And when all the people are in the tents, there is a lot of food dropped under the bleachers we can eat too.”
“Midge, you are always hungry,” laughed Jake.
The three ran down the sidewalk toward the park. Jake and Booker-T raced behind Midge who was not stopping for anything. She was in a hurry to see them unload the animals into the tents. They crossed the street into the park and then Midge slowed down some as they approached the tents.
“Look over there Booker-T,” said Midge. “See that really big gray animal?”
“Yes,” said Booker-T. “Wow, it is real big. It would be bad if it stepped on us.”
“We won't get that close,” said Jake. “The people would see us if we got that close and chase us away from the tents.”
“What is that thing?” asked Booker-T.
“That is an elephant,” said Jake. “It does tricks in the big tent in the middle of a ring.”
“He sure is a big one,” said Booker-T. “Wow, look over there!”
“Oh yeah,” said Midge. “Those are tigers. Aren't they pretty? I like their orange and black color with the strips. They really look strong. They look little like you Booker-T, but you are a lot smaller than they are.”
“Oh yeah, they are orange and black and I'm orange and black,” said Booker-T. “That is cool.”
“Tigers are big cats,” said Jake. “They are pretty scary when they roar and growl.”
“Do they do tricks in the big tent too?” asked Booker-T.
“Oh yes and the man who makes them do the tricks, makes them look real scary for the people,” said Midge.
“Sometimes, they jump through big hoops of fire when they do their tricks,” said Jake. “You will enjoy the show when they start.”
“Okay,” said Booker-T excited to see everything. “When will they do the show?”
“I think the first show is tonight,” said Midge. “I heard my mistress talking to someone on the phone this morning before I left the house.”
“Are we going to come back tonight?” asked Booker-T.
“Oh yes,” said Midge. “We have to come see the show. We will sneak in under the tent and hide under the bleachers where they can't see us.”
“We can see everything from under the bleachers and can eat when the people drop,” said Jake. “No one can see us under the bleachers and everyone is watching the circus acts so they don't even notice us at all.”
“Oh wow, this will be fun,” said Booker-T. “What time will the show start?”
“I think I heard my mistress say that it will start about 7pm,” said Midge.
“This is fun,” said Booker-T. “I can't wait til the show starts. I want to see what the animals do.”
“Me too,” said Midge. “I love seeing the circus.”
“How many animals are in the circus?” asked Booker-T.
“They have horses, dogs, elephants and tigers,” said Jake.
“The other tricks are done by people alone,” said Midge. “They are fun to watch too.”
“No cats?” asked Booker-T.
“Only the big tiger cats,” said Midge.
“Oh, and they have funny clowns too,” said Jake. “They are so funny to watch. I like the clowns and all the balloons.”
“Okay,” said Midge. “Come on and lets go play with Gabby and Snappy down at the pond and we will come back later when the show starts.”
“Okay,” agreed Jake and Booker-T.
The three ran across the park to where the little pond was under the trees. They all planned to come back later for the show.