On Saturday, we took Claire and Wesley to see the Truly Marvelous Loon (juggling and comedy act) at the Kids in the Rotunda at the Overture Center in downtown Madison. Wesley has always been interested in juggling, so we thought he’d enjoy it and we were right. He LOVED it. The Loon juggled the typical bowlings pins (which he hit himself in the head with to show the audience that no one would get hurt even if he dropped one), and he did a plate spinning act where he balanced 10 plates on pointy sticks at once. Then, he handed out stuffed monkeys that people could sling-shot at the plates to knock them off when he was done. Wesley loved that part. At the end of the act, he showed everyone that juggling scarves (or plastic bags) was a good way to learn how to juggle because they float down and then he ended the show by juggling three full sized bean bag chairs. One landed on his head at the end, which Wesley also loved.
After the show (and ever since), Wesley has used plastic bags and his bowling pin set to put on his own shows at home. He always starts each show from behind the couch, shouting “Attention Everyone. The show is about to start.” Then, he will hit himself in the head with the bowling pins (not juggling them, just showing that it didn’t hurt; which it actually does because his bowling pins are harder than the Loon’s). Then, he’ll juggle two plastic bags. Sometimes even adding flair like putting them under his leg or behind his back. It is super cute.
This morning, he asked to bring ~20 plastic bags to school to teach his friends how to juggle. I can't wait to hear about it when I pick him tonight.