Missy Barrett's Adventures

The amazing adventures of a fictional child

Finding Balance

There’s a new show in town and it’s called Acrobats of China.   My mom and brothers and me went to see this show on Saturday afternoon.  My mom said we were going to see plates spinning and juggling and balancing on a stack of chairs and spinning girls and gymnastic feats and other amazing stuff, and she wasn’t kidding.  Look at all these pictures I took at the show.

There was even a human slinky girl who could hula hoop more hula hoops all at the same time than anybody else in whole wide world.  Seriously!

One of the acts that made me laugh a lot and that I really, really loved was the one where the boys and men were juggling straw hats. Now maybe you think it’s easy to juggle straw hats because they’re not heavy and because they’re kind of big, but that’s not true. It’s actually way harder because if there’s even a little bit of unexpected breeze in the theater, those hats aren’t going to go where people think they’re going to go. So the jugglers have to pay a way lot of attention to everything, not just the hats they’re juggling.

There was even a magic trick that I’m still trying to figure out.  I think I know how it got done but my brothers say probably it’s not like how I explained it to them.  I would explain it to you except if I’m right I don’t want to wreck the magic of the trick for anyone reading this review by me.

Everyone on stage was always smiling even when they were doing very dangerous balancing acts like the lady that balanced on bricks that were on chairs stacked up almost all the way to the ceiling of the theater!  Also she was very careful not to get distracted and plus I was superly happy that before the show started, the MC (that’s short for Master of Ceremonies) asked everyone to NOT use any flash on their cameras when they took pictures.  Flash could have maybe made a accident happen especially when someone is doing a superly dangerous balancing act like the lady acrobat was doing.

Anyway, all the acrobats are very young.  The youngest one is 14 years old (that’s just a little younger than my brother Josh) and the oldest one is 22 years old (that’s just a little older than my brother Aaron).  I can tell you that if I worked hard at learning just one of the acts, when I’m 14 years old, I don’t think I’ll be ready to do what the acrobats were doing on stage.  That’s how talented all of them are.

When we were leaving the theater, I asked the lady at the ticket selling spot how long the acrobats are going to be here.  She said they’re going to be at the theater until January 7, 2018, then they’ll take a short break and be back in March again.

This show is Missy Barrett approved for all ages, so if you’re wondering if you should see this show, the answer is YES!  See this show.  Take all your friends and family with you, too, because that’s how much fun you’re going to have at this show.  I would tell you everything I saw yesterday but if I did, it might spoil the WOWness of everything and I want you to be amazed just like me and my family were when we saw the Acrobats of China.

So go see the show and then go to my Facebook page and let me know what you thought of it and even share pictures if you take any.


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Thank You For Your Service

Veterans Day used to be called Armistice Day and it happens on November 11 every year because World War I ended at 11 o’clock in the morning on November 11, 1918. Next year will be 100 years of World War I ending except not really because after that day in 1918, Germany didn’t formally surrender.

November 11, 1918 is when the fighting on the Western Front ended. It took seven more months for the peace treaty part to get signed (my Grandpa Two Rivers told me it was called the Treaty of Versailles and my grandpa should know because he knows a lot about treaties).

In America, President Eisenhower signed a Bill that officially made November 11 Veterans Day so that’s why we call it Veterans Day instead of Armistice Day.

In other countries like Canada and the UK, everyone is silent for two minutes and remembers the sacrifices members of the military have made and keep on making for everyone.

So probably you’re wondering how come the day went from being called Armistice Day to being called Veterans Day. Both of my grandpas told me that World War I was called the Great War. It was supposed to be the war that ended all wars. Armistice Day was supposed to be the beginning of world peace … except it wasn’t because World War II happened in 1939 and didn’t stop until 1945.

There’s been other wars since World War II so world peace didn’t happen yet (but it will someday).

Veterans Day is a day to remember the sacrifice that members of the military made in the past and are making today to keep the world safe. That’s why it’s important to remember the veterans that died and why it’s important to say thank you to the veterans that are alive and the military people that are in the military.

Now that you know why Veterans Day is so important, you can always make Veterans Day important.  But you don’t have to wait until November 11 to thank a veteran or someone serving in the military for their service.  You can thank a veteran or someone serving in the military anytime you see them because it matters to let them know that you know what their sacrifice means to someone like you.

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