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Commentary: Noticing a different cultural behavior

When I opened the van door to step out in front of the Moscow Circus building, I almost put my feet right back inside.


There were bunches of kids purposely climbing the concrete steps with their parents and grandparents, and for a few seconds, I assumed that I would be surrounded all evening by shrieks and cries from toddlers to teens. Did I want that?

The circus is so popluar in Moscow that there are three different venues holding nightly shows.

Now don't get me wrong. I love children. Afterall, I taught for years. However, I LOVE behaved children in public, though, and lately at home, it has become trying to deal with the results of poor manners in public. I'm sorry to say that too many parents haven't a clue, and should know better. Besides, don't get me going on proper dress for special occasions either.

I was pleasantly surprised and happy that during the entire evening children behaved in a reasonable manner, conversed in normal voice tones with their families and dressed like it was an important night out.

The costumes were fabulous, and that included many changes, too.

Sure, the children had plenty of fun, too, with giggles and laughter since the Moscow Circus is well-known for its fantastic Las Vegas-like productions and entertaining clowns.

When Americans think of a traditional circus it includes tents, three-ring shows, acrobats and high-wire acts. Some of it is incorporated into the Russian circus, too. I wasn't too happy to see the dogs, tigers and lions appearing drugged, though, and put it out of my mind while I was there.

Truly, I had a blast, and I wolfed my carmel corn down like I hadn't eaten in days.

My seat was excellent and I had a good view of every act.

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