This week the theme for MTM is "circus".
I'll be honest with you. I don't like the circus. Not even a tiny bit. I pretty much had decided to skip MTM this week because of it, but decided at the last moment Sunday evening to toss something together after all. This is what it came out like... Ethan helped. :)
In the back row we have a couple favorite circus food treats:
- cotton candy
- popcorn (kettle corn from our farmer's market, to be exact)
And in the 3rd spot we have the Strong Man's barbells: mozzarella cheese & pretzel sticks
In the front row:
- a creepy clown: tortilla, cheddar cheese hair, olive eyes, fruit leather mouth
- high-wire act, tightrope walkers: pocky stick, Teddy Grahams, peanut butter to "glue" and stabilize
- the Sword Swallowing event: grapes on sword picks
You may notice that my circus is animal free. :) Well, except for those tightrope walkers...but they are more the Berenstain Bears type of bears than the Stolen From Nature And Forced To Perform Demoralizing Schticks For Human Entertainment type of bears. ;-)
There are very few things that I outright boycott, and even fewer still that I not only boycott but will do so vocally. The circus is right at the top of that list. I am completely, 100%, unequivocally in the Animals Don't Belong in the Circus camp.
The last time I went to a circus was about 14 years ago. I went with my boyfriend (who is now my husband!). I went feeling very excited and giddy, but as I sat there my spirits sank. The animals in the circus broke my heart. I left feeling deflated and depressed. Probably not the effect the Ringling Brother's had hoped to bestow. My kids haven't been to an animal circus, nor will they...as long as I have any say in the matter. It won't be much of a battle anyhow, Ethan thinks the circus is cruel. He doesn't even like to watch Dumbo. ;-) Steve Irwin taught him well. :)
If you are interested in reading about how animals have been mistreated, displaced, and even killed by the circus trade you can read about it: Animals in the Circus: A Lifetime of Misery , 10 Fast Facts about Animals in the Circus, and Circuses: Three Rings of Abuse.
If you are in the mood for a good cry, read Kiba's Story. Kiba was a beautiful African Elephant at the Nashville Zoo. My family loved Kiba. We have a painting painted by Kiba hanging over our mantel. Kiba died a premature death due to crippling joint disease she acquired from being abused as a circus animal in her younger years.
::stepping off soapbox::
More muffin tin meals can be seen at the Muffin Tin Monday site. Check them out. :)