S: Alyssa Under The Big Top
BC: Merry Christmas 2010
FC: Alyssa | Under | The | Big | Top | By | Aunt | Cathy
1: Merry Christmas! Love, Aunt Cathy | 2010
2: Meet Alyssa.
3: Alyssa does NOT like to sit still. | She likes to DO things.
4: When her sisters and brothers stand still for a picture, Alyssa prefers to POSE.
5: Alyssa wanted to do something SPECIAL.
6: one | day... | And | then
7: ...Alyssa heard something very exciting! The circus was coming to town. Circuses had elephants and tigers, tightrope walkers and fancy clothes. It was JUST the place for Alyssa!
8: Alyssa bought a ticket and took the bus downtown.
9: Soon she saw the red and white Big Top in the distance!
10: Alyssa slipped one corner of the tent open and tiptoed in. She found herself standing in a ring of tigers! | Very quietly, she backed away and headed into the next arena. The tigers didn't even seem to notice her. Whew!
11: But the next arena didn't seem much safer! So far Alyssa didn't see ANYTHING that she wanted to do.
12: In the next arena, there were dancing elephants! | Alyssa learned the dance too, but left after an elephant missed a step and almost stood on her toes!
13: Lions are fun, as long as they're in a cage!
14: Alyssa was a little sad. She had seen lions and tigers and elephants. She had seen a man breathe fire. But she had not found something at the circus that she could DO. She sat on the bleachers with a big frown on her face. Suddenly she felt a tap on her shoulder, and turned around. | There was a whole group of circus clowns standing there!
15: But this still wasn't the right job for Alyssa. | Alyssa told the clowns why she was sad, and they offered to teach her how to do THEIR circus job! They had fun taking pictures of her funny faces.
16: Then | she | saw | it!
17: Way up above Alyssa's head there were people flipping and twirling on the trapeze! THIS was her circus act.
18: Alyssa met the Corcero family, who had been working on the trapeze for many years. They let her try swinging on the trapeze, then even let her join in on their practice! Alyssa loved every minute of it.
19: The next day, Alyssa came back to the circus. This time, she was with her family. They did not know that Alyssa had learned the trapeze.
20: Alyssa's family was SO surprised to see her up on the trapeze platform!
21: Alyssa's family clapped very loud for her! They were very happy to see Alyssa perform on the trapeze. The Corcero family was happy for Alyssa too. They offered her a job traveling with them in the circus! But Alyssa knew it was time to go home. And that's what she did. The End.