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first_img By The Penny Hoarder Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day You Might Like Job shadows important in education Students at Charles Henderson Middle School got the chance to get out of the classroom and into the workplace on… read more Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Latest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Published 3:00 am Saturday, February 4, 2017 By Jaine Treadwell Email the author Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Skip The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Eliot Wigginton of “Foxfire” fame put together a book title “I Wish I Could Give My Son a Wild Raccoon.”Forget, that Mr. Wigginton. You can’t even give your son a peek at squeaky-clean, well-fed elephants doing tricks and synchronized dances anymore.It’s been about a year since the Barnum & Bailey Circus gave way and took the elephants out of the ring. If Mr. P.T. Barnum could have asked the elephants, they probably would have preferred dancing in the center ring rather than dodging poachers’ bullets in the desert of Mali or the scrub forests in India. But what one veteran of the circus said, told the story – the real, sad, story.“Kids just don’t care about the circus anymore,” the sad-faced man said. “They don’t get excited about the man on the flying trapeze or dancing elephants or even clowns.”I guessed the man was a circus clown who had taken off the funny face that would have masked his sorrow at the closing of the Greatest Show on Earth. Lost revenue and battles with PETA people are commonplace in today’s world. But what the retiring clown said brought to mind, the “wild raccoons” that brought magic and wonder to my childhood. Print Article Already missing the joy and wonder Sponsored Content Around the WebIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel But now, society has trapped and removed those “wild raccoons” from the lives of our children.Halloween has given way to fall festivals. Parents tell their children, No, Virginia, there is no Santa Claus. There’s no Tooth Fairy or Easter Bunny. If children are not reading the headlines in the Wall Street Journal before they enter first grade, they are behind. To play a game, children must have a uniform, a coach and an umpire. They are electronically entertained by iPhones and high definition TV and a dozen other gadgets.Of course, a circus is dull entertainment.Sadly, little hearts will never stop in fear that the man on the high wire will teeter and fall or gasp when the high trapeze artists flips or laugh with delight when an elephant dances.When the Barnum and Bailey Circus folds its tent,  those small traveling circuses will not be far behind.Last spring, I sat watching a one-stop circus perform, not in a tent, but at Cattleman Park. There were no elephants or high wire acts. Just a balancing act and a dog jumping hoops and pushing a doll carriage. But there was this one little boy who sat spellbound, with big wide eyes. He held his breath during the balancing acts, clapped loudly for the pony and laughed excitedly at the funny, funny clown. His dad, sat right next to him, sharing his joy at the magic and wonder of a simple circus and unaware that he was giving his son a wild raccoon. Now, after nearly a century and a half, the Greatest Show on Earth is closing its doors. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will fold its tent and bring to a close an era of entertainment like no other.The reasons? Declining attendance and revenues. High profile battles with animal-rights activists.  Book Nook to reopenlast_img