Our Five Ring Circus: Don't Try This At Home

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Don't Try This At Home


Benno has been visiting for almost a month now.

Did I mention that Magic Benno visited us for ten days and then HITCHHIKED down to Texas to visit my aunt, uncle, and cousins. No? Well, he did. And, it worked.

He managed to make it to Texas in less than 2 days. He left on St. Patrick's Day and flew back today. Yes, flew. My aunt and uncle convinced him that flying would be better than hitchhiking.

The hitchhiking to Texas thing really shouldn't have surprised me as much as it did. Benno is always on the go. He regularly hitchhikes through Europe, and even hitchhiked to (and through) Africa. His next adventure, when he leaves here on the 5th, is to spend two days in Vegas, and then he will be flying to Japan, where he will be spending a year.

We expected to spend a full month with Benno, so we were a bit disappointed that he spent 2 weeks in Texas. He had a great time, though! We were so excited to see him today.

We met at my parents house for dinner, to welcome him back. My sister and her family joined us, because they are going away for Easter, so this was the last time they would get to see him.

The kids adore Magic Benno. He is a black belt in karate, loves sports, and is constantly doing magic tricks, so he keeps them entertained.

It was beautiful outside today, so we spent our time outdoors. Lexie even managed to join in the fun with all the boys. Benno asked if she could play, too, and then added, "Are little girls allowed to play outside and get dirty?" I thought that was so funny. When he was here, 2 1/2 years ago, he was surrounded by little boys, so he's not quite sure what to do with Lexie!


Magic Benno never fails to shock me. He is a dare-devil, and is willing to try anything.

Including, jumping off a very high deck.


We had to explain to the boys (notice them watching in awe, in the corner) that they are never ever ever ever, under any circumstances, allowed to do what Benno had done.

Dylan's response? "Well, maybe when I'm big like Uncle Benno, and have my black belt in karate, I can jump off Papa's deck, too!"

Or not. Let's leave that up to Magic Benno!

We are enjoying the last few days with Benno, before he leaves. Life is always exciting with him around! We are REALLY going to miss him.


  1. Oh my word. I would freak, and I know that my kids would copy immediately. YIKES!

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  3. Oh My!!!! I bet he is so much fun to be around and I'm SURE he has some great stories to tell!

  4. Oh goodness, daredevil he is. And that is to cute "are girls alound to get dirty". Uncle Benno sounds like a blast to have around.

  5. Oh wow. I wouldn't worry about Buddy doing that because he's a scaredy cat, but Buster would so be right up there trying to copy!!

    Benno sounds fun!!

  6. He's so carefree. That's awesome though! I knew the boys would be wanting to do it next lol! He seems like a very interesting person and I'm glad you got to see him again. Have a wonderful Birthday tomorrow. The weather will be amazing to!


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