The Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey circus came to the Araneta Coliseum every holiday season. When Lilly was three to five years old Lilly's grandma saved up all year so they could afford the tickets for three, grandma, grandpa and Lilly their favorite among fifteen grandchildren.
Lilly's parents moved to Olongapo, Zambales when Lilly turned six. The yearly circus for the little girl ended. She never found out if her grandparents went without her after she moved away. No one said anything about her rare privilege. She didn't give it a second thought until she moved near Cow Palace 56 years later.
The marquee announced The Greatest Show on Earth was on. Lilly remembered how her Mamang and Papang used to take her to see the show. She realized how expensive the tickets must have been during post war depression of the early 50's. Then she wondered if they ever went without her.
Lilly decided to take her 33 year old only daughter to the circus in honor of her grandparents who both died at 92 more than two decades ago. Before she could get the tickets her cousins gave them two tickets. Did the spirit of her grandparents have a hand in her getting the free tickets? (“For the living are conscious…” Ecclesiastes 9:5-6)
The circus is the only place where one can see elephants dance. They enjoyed the show. They took photos and videos for their Facebook. Lilly could not help but miss the grandparents who loved her so much. She imagined how they must have missed her when she was taken away from them just as she now misses her grandchildren who are in the Philippines. She realized she did not take the opportunity to thank them for all the love. (“All that your hand finds to do, do with your very power…” Ecclesiastes 9:10)
She swore to find them in paradise someday. She can't wait to see them again. (“Do not marvel at this…” John 5:28-29)