A little while ago, I stumbled upon this picture (online) and for some reason it made me think about the story my father told me about a visiting outdoor circus. This particular circus performed their act right outside of the old Baltimore Fish Market. It’s been revamped and does not look the same anymore.
One of the acts was a circus family; mom, dad and daughter that had a trapeze/tightrope act.
The tightrope was high in the air and as the daughter made her way across she stumbled (her father attempted to grab her) but she fell to her death. It’s something that stuck in my father’s mind (and rightfully so). It’s not something you see daily and he was a child himself. My father was no older than eight, so that happened almost 68 years ago. He first told me this story when I was about the same age; eight.
Now and again my father will mention it to me and each time I wonder what happened with the parents. Did they still continue or was the grief too much for them to ever perform again?