The Old Lady in the shoe has got nothing on me!

Trust me.. I mean it.

I mother six our house sanity is optional.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Letters of Intent


Letters of Intent over at Julie's blog located at Foursons, was found a few weeks ago.. and well ever willing to join in on something fun and freeing.. here I am! Please join in and link up! they are so fun to read

Dear Fairweather Friend-

I am sort of over it, you have disappeared over the last month. Was it something we did? No, its that you know things are sort of crappy for us right now. We really appreciate it. Really. We mean it. It is worth noting, you have been through some crap, and we stuck around. Now, when things suck for us you bail.

Please feel free to piss up a rope,

Ticked off.


Dear Bill collectors-

I know.. we are late. I am sorry. It's not from lack of trying it is from an ex husband who has went on two job interviews since he got fired a month ago. We are a little short thanks to the lack of child support and having children (four of them) who still need to be supported some how. I promise if he ever decides to get a job again, we do plan to pay. Right now, I am just trying to figure out how to breathe in a breathless room.


The one who's give a damn's busted.


Dear Mr Sun-

Thank you for making such a welcome return and bringing your friend heat with you, I need that so bad. I tell you what meet me at the beach, Saturday noonish. We will bask in your glory. I promise to bring the sunblock you promise to bring your bright sunny side.


Glad this weekend is blue skies and hot


Dear Boy dog down the block-

I seem to remember telling you that unless you had flowers not to return. I saw no flowers or candy in your mouth this morning when you stood on my front porch barking and asking if Lily and Sadie could come out to play. Something tells me you have not so nice intentions with my girls.. please do not come back we are not interested in your kind here. Sure, your cute and all but my girls can NOT come out and play. Sorry bud it may be a dog eat dog world, but we are all out of milkbones.

The stern dog owner


Dear Lady who came knocking-

1) I don't need to find religion, I have my own thank you. 2) I am not trying to judge, but if you ever tell my children that if they want to go to Heaven and be with their family we have to be part of your faith I will kick you in your face. 3) That last one's not a threat.. it is a promise. 4) Next time you come, I am gonna ask you to hold my cigarette and glass of wine (I don't smoke but I will have no problem opening a bottle of wine at 10 AM.. just for you). 5) No, I don't want your papers that you are peddling. yes my kids do trick or treat and we do celebrate Christmas. Don't like it.. don't visit.

Until next time,

The one who is damned if she doesn't but she's not gonna anways. :oP

Thursday, April 29, 2010


Have you ever had one of those days, that drama seemed to fill your day? Today.. is mine. I have put out more fires this morning then a mother with 19 kids.

Fire number 1: Mary is having school pictures.. Mary is that adorable 12 year old in the picture above, Mary has mood swings. We are not talking your normal run of the mill mood swings.. on a rough day Mary resembles this:

So, when I suggested that we just pull her hair back into a half ponytail (a fine hairdo most days)we had a melt down that had me on the phone with the rectory pleading for a young priest and an old priest. After throwing holy water on her that led to this:

I convinced her (rosary in hand. I wasn't taking any chances) to let me just braid her hair in two seperate ponytails and I got a smile, and relief.. and I didn't have to have the priests over after all. Whew fire one is out.
Fire number 2:
Stephanie is 18 and a pistol, this morning unable to find her ROTC pants (which I am 90% sure a brother has in his room.. shh don't tell) begged me to call the ROTC teacher and explain they were at the cleaners. ::hangs head:: I did it ok? The guy in charge is kind of a well douchebag (sorry I am not a fan of that phrase either but when the shoe fits).. so I spoke to him pinned it on someone else (Sorry Chuck!) And she has to find them and wear them on Monday. Fire is out.

Fire number 3:
Mom got a letter in the mail that said she was in trouble with someone for something and she knew the bill was paid.. and I said Maybe they crossed in the mail.. No they didn't I just know it.. I said "did the check clear" Yes yes it cleared.. ok let me call them. fine fine call but I know thats not the case. So I called got a really nice lady who told me that the letter was sent out by mistake (surprise surprise) And Mom's fire is out. Mom btw who is NOT allergic to calling me 50 times a day, is allergic to calling pretty much anyone else. Yep my mom is special :o)~ And I wouldnt have it any other way. But her fire is out.
Fire number 4: I rescued Dora from a rather intimidating animal (ok it was a stuffed Dora and the animal is Sadie who's not intimidating at all but she is a chewer.. damn dog) But seriously does this face look intimidating to you?

I extinguished that fire before Emily found out.. cause I am just that good.
Ok readers whatcha got for me? I am ready... Yep, you heard me. I am readddddyyyy..

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Why Me Wednesday?

Sometime in 2009, I posted a blog called Why Me Wednesday. It at one point was popular to read and I even had my picture stolen a few time for it. So I figured this week, when things are sort of blah was a good week for a Why Me Wednesday. If you want to play along, please do. I don't have a neat linky thing, but if you comment I cross my heart that I will come visit! The point of this is to get all your whining out so you don't take it out on someone else. Everyone is entitled to a bad day, everyone else should not be forced to go through it with you though.

My ex husband is still out of work...why me? To my knowledge he has had two job interviews. This leaves us without child support...why me (ok why my kids). I know the job market sucks, but this guy spends more time unemployed than employed. So my stress level is UP HERE! I just want him to get a damn job already!

My children think money grows on trees, they want things constantly and saying no is hard on me. Now, I can do it. Trust me. But I feel bad when the things they want are not extravagant they are merely things that we have never had to say no to before. This point btw goes right back to the one above. So why me?

It is said that friends come and friends go, and that is certainly true. But lately it seems like frineds who have been around are sort of disappearing into the wood work. It is almost as if they are sick of hearing 1) about my diet or 2) they are just not in the mood period. I am sad that some friends are like this, and sad that the ones who I seemed to count on most are doing it.. why me?

I have the most crowded bed in the state. In the past few weeks I have at one point had Chuck, Me, Emily and both dogs in our bed. This is not merely as fabulous as it sounds, it seems to me that everyone on the bed seem to think they are 500 lb gorillas and moving them is about as easy as moving a 500 lb gorilla. Sleep sucks. Why me?

I had a bill scheduled for April 30th, and the jerk put it through five days early.. grrrr. Which set off a ricochet of issues, thankfully they are mostly fixed now but I hate that we went through some major stress due to the situation. I am so over having to rob Peter to pay Paul you have no idea... Why me?

Ok so there they are. I promise there will be no whining tomorrow but for today.. I feel better. :o)~

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

True Story Tuesday

I found this wonderful blog today Once upon a Miracle, she is brilliant and does a blog called True Story Tuesdays. Now, I have heard of her before from Julie over at
My Foursons (she btw is brilliant too). Previously I have thought of participating.. I have honestly! but.. I was afraid that I would receive a stern email reminding me that this is TRUE story and that fiction is not allowed. But see you all don't know my family puts the fun in dysfunctional. And today.. today is a good day for this because I have had a horrible day. I have had the day where Murphy and his law has spent the day mooning me. So on to my story:

My mother, a wonderful Catholic woman, who attends Mass regularly. Growing up, we as a family attended Mass every Sunday and were constantly looked on as ohh "There goes the Claassen family, look how well behaved they are" My parents had raised four boys and me, and we knew if we acted up in Mass what the punishment was. My mother mastered the art of pinching us quietly with nobody seeing us. She would reach over and grab us in that upper arm flap, enough to get our attention and sting. Ya know what I am talking about THAT pinch that would make a sumo wrestler cry. The thing is that worked great for my mom until she met her match :::cough cough::: me.

So, the story goes that I was acting up in Mass (who me? yea, I don't believe it either) and apparently my Mom reached over to get her point across. I decided it was the right time for me to get my point across as I said in a non-whisper:

Needless to say, this mortified my poor mother who could not believe that one of her children would make this much noise or that she had met her match (She still won't tell me which). Ah but the morale of the story: Don't pinch in church.. or you might get that one kid who lets everyone know that they do not approve.
This story is true and certified, much to my delight.. by me :o)~

Post it Note tuesday

I am not sure I can express how much I love Post it Note Tuesday, mostly because I love that you can express how you are feeling in one little stickie.. It really is fun...and freeing. So here are mine for today:


Monday, April 26, 2010

Misc Musings on Monday.

Yea I am not sure about the title either... but hey why not right?

Lack thereof blogs:
I can partially blame stress in my life, I have a lot going on and this sort of fell to the wayside. I really don't want to trash the person who has me upset and I know if I blog I am going to. so I sort of stepped away but then I realize I love it, and miss it.. so here I am. :o)~ I promise to stick around more.


Hannah Montana
I had mostly emerged unscathed from the Hannah thing.. for the most part my kids were just not that interested. Sure we watched the show, and that was fun but that was it. And I was ok with this. This weekend when we cleaned out the garage, Emily found a Hannah Montana guitar that Mary had... oh yes shes in love. She even sings Nobody's Perfect (which is really cute).. please pray this is a passing phase. Please?


There should be a clause that when they turn 13-14 you can turn them in for a new model or at least offer a front lobotomy on the ones you have. My oldest daughter and two sons have mastered the "I can't believe I am related to you" look. Yep, life in our house is fun. My oldest who graduates shortly one minute is determined to go to college and the next wants to get a job and take a year off... ugh. Danny and AJ are just in the "What I can't hear you" stage.. And Mary (although she is 12) is God's way of paying me back for thinking of st uff to do when I was a kid.


I love spring, I hate spring cleaning but I love spring. I love that the flowers are blooming.. but I hate the pollen that comes with them. I love the newness of everything.. I hate the allergies that come with it. I love flip flops and cute sandals, I hate that my toes definitely have to look nice all the time. I love baseball.. I hate when the games don't go our way (little league or major league). All in all, I love spring. I really do.

So there now you are all caught up on me. Have a great Monday and see you tomorrow for Post it note Tuesday :o)~

Thursday, April 22, 2010

My top ten Movies.

I was looking at different ideas for blogs, and trying desperately to find something that today I could blog about. And today it landed up that I was stuck on movies, some that I love. Ok perhaps my Top 10, so here they are:

1) The Notebook- What can I say about this movie? I sit down with a box of Puffs to watch it each time. I love everything about it. If I am flipping channels and find it on, even if it has 10 minutes left I watch it. I am hopelessly in love with this movie. Memorable line:

Young Allie: Why didn't you write me? Why? It wasn't over for me, I waited for you for seven years. But now it's too late. Young Noah: I wrote you 365 letters. I wrote you everyday for a year. Young Allie: You wrote me? Young Noah: Yes... it wasn't over, it still isn't over

2) Mr and Mrs Smith- I know we are not supposed to like this movie, because it was the end of Brad and Jennifer or because its the start of Brangelina. But I loved it, I thought the whole "secret lives" of spouses was great. It was a fun movie to watch. Memorable line:
John Smith: [during a car chase] I never told you, but I was married once before. Jane Smith: [slams on the brakes] John Smith: What's wrong with you? Jane Smith: [hitting John] You're what's wrong with me John. John Smith: It was just a drunken Vegas thing. Jane Smith: Oh, that's better. That's *much* better. [pause] Jane Smith: What's her name and social security number? John Smith: No, you're not gonna kill her.

3) The Breakfast club- I can't tell you why I still love this movie after so many years, but perhaps its because no matter how many times you watch it, its still funny. You can see people you knew from high school. There are tons of memorable lines but the end sums it up best:
Brian Johnson: Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did *was* wrong. But we think you're crazy to make an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us... In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain... Andrew Clark: ...and an athlete... Allison Reynolds: ...and a basket case... Claire Standish: ...a princess... John Bender: ...and a criminal... Brian Johnson: Does that answer your question?... Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.

4) The Outsiders- This movie is where I was first introduced to the hotness that was C. Thomas Howell, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, etc. I had read the book the summer before, and knew I had to see it. I love this movie too, there is just something so great about it. Memorable Quote:
Johnny: [his last lines] Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold.

5) The Sandlot- You guys had to expect to see a baseball movie, I love baseball. But this one was the first movie AJ really memorized. Watching him fall for this movie, made me fall for this movie. But some of the lines were so funny and so classic, I laugh each time I see it.
Phillips: It's easy when you play with rejects and a fat kid, Rodriguez. Benny: Shut your mouth, Phillips! Ham Porter: What'd you say, crap face? Phillips: You shouldn't be allowed to touch a baseball. Except for Rodriguez, you're all an insult to the game. Ham Porter: Come on! We'll take you on, right here! Right now! Come on! Sandlot Kids: Yeah! Phillips: We play on a real diamond, Porter. You ain't good enough to lick the dirt off our cleats. Ham Porter: Watch it, jerk! Phillips: Shut up, idiot! Ham Porter: Moron! Phillips: Scab eater! Ham Porter: Butt sniffer! Phillips: Pus licker! Ham Porter: Fart smeller! Bertram: [sniffs] Ahh. Phillips: You eat dog crap for breakfast, geek! Ham Porter: You mix your Wheaties with your mama's toe jam! Sandlot Kids: Yeah! Phillips: You bob for apples in the toilet! And you like it! Ham Porter: You play ball like a giiirrrrrrrrl! [entire group stands in shocked silence] Phillips: What did you say? Ham Porter: You heard me. Phillips: Tomorrow. Noon, at our field. Be there, buffalo-butt breath. Ham Porter: Count on it, pee-drinking crap-face!

Its great that the biggest insult in that movie is "You play ball like a GIRL!!!" Love that movie!

6) Dirty Dancing- You know you have seen it.. you know that secretly you have wished you were dancing with Baby and Johnny. Yep, you know I am right.. just say it. RIP Patrick Swayze I bet you are dancing in Heaven.
Baby: I carried a watermelon. [Johnny walks away] Baby: [to herself] Carried a watermelon?

7) Ghost- Two movies, back to back. But this is another that is just a great movie. Don't we all wish we could have that moment to just say goodbye? I love this movie...lots of puffs needed to get through it. .but great movie
Sam: Molly, you're in danger. Oda Mae Brown: You can't just blurt it out like that! And quit moving around, because you're starting to make me dizzy. I'll just tell her in my own way. [pause; then, to Molly] Oda Mae Brown: Molly, you in danger girl.

8) Beauty and The beast- This is my favorite Disney movie of all time, I know every line and will recite it if you watch it with me. You will never understand how much I love this movie.. Memorable quote:
Belle is washing the Beast's wounds] Beast: [roaring] Aaargh! That hurts! Belle: If you'd hold still, it wouldn't hurt as much! Beast: Well if you hadn't have run away, this wouldn't have happened. Belle: If you hadn't *frightened* me, I wouldn't have run away! Beast: Well *you* shouldn't have been in the west *wing*! Belle: Well, you should learn to control your temper. Now, hold still. This might sting a little. [presses cloth to wound; the beast growls in pain] Belle: By the way, thank you for saving my life. Beast: [stops growling] You're welcome.

9) PS I love you- If (God Forbid) Chuck ever goes before me, I hope he does this before he goes. Every person who loses a spouse, should be this lucky. A tearjerker but the most amazing movie.
Gerry Kennedy: I'm sorry I said the wrong thing to your mother. God, I still get nervous around her. I still think after nine years she doesn't like me. I know I'm being stupid. Holly Kennedy: No, you're not being stupid baby. She doesn't like you. Gerry Kennedy: Really? I kinda thought deep down she really loved me. Holly Kennedy: No... she doesn't. I was ninteen when we got married. You corrupted me with sex and charm and the longer it takes you to make your fortune the less sexy and charming you are. Gerry Kennedy: [Gerry starts looking for something] Holly Kennedy: What? What are you looking for? Gerry Kennedy: My balls. They were hanging there a minute ago.

10) The Blind Side- I am not one of those people who normally loves the Drama-documentaries. But the Blindside was everything everyone said it would be and so much more. The story is great, Sandra Bullock was amazing! This is one of those "if you haven't seen it.. GO see it" movies Memorable quote:

Leigh Anne Touhy: Find some time to figure out another bedroom for you. Michael Oher: This is mine? Leigh Anne Touhy: Yes, sir. Michael Oher: I never had one before. Leigh Anne Touhy: What, a room to yourself? Michael Oher: A bed.
There are so many many more that are honorable mentions: Save the last Dance, Back to the future, Steel Magnolias, Top Gun (volleyball scene. Thank you Jesus), Aladdin, Good Morning Vietnam, Sound Of Music, the Toothfairy, Valentines Day, Ghosts of Girlfriend Past, Sweet Home Alabama, Hook, Mary Poppins, Risky Business, The Patriot, Legal Weapon, Old School, Step Brothers, American Pie (the first and second ones), Men in Black, Night at the Museum (1 and 2), Field of Dreams, Bull Durham, Twilight and New Moon (yep i am one of *those* moms), Harry Potter movies, and I think that will do it. We are movie junkies but we cant help ourselves. Did I miss any of your favorites?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Life is a puzzle

I have been trying to figure out why I don't want to blog, or blog as much and my only answer is writers block. The thing is, I have plenty to say but I think to myself "will anyone else really want to read that?" Eh probably not. I live a unique life, there is no other way to say it. I have six children who in their own way fit into my life to form a puzzle.

You see, I have my 18 year old daughter Stephanie, her life at this point revolves around seeing the prize at the end. All she wants is to get her diploma and finish high school. Who doesn't understand that?

My 16 year old son Danny, well he is all about his girlfriend. Who I have decided has something that I can not put my finger on but I am not sure I like. Don't misunderstand me, she is a great girl but she sometimes forget to put her head and heart in the same place.

My 15 year old's puzzle piece is easiest set for one word. Baseball . The Mets season has begun, the baseball season for him has begun and life as he knows it has returned to normal. God bless em.

My 12 year old Mary has recently discovered drama and angst. She is constantly over the top about everything, I think for the most part Mary is not suffering with this drama instead she is enjoying it. With Drama comes flair and tude--and God knows the girls got that

David is 5, with Aspergers syndrome. We were told this year not to expect much from school, and to understand that some hardly ever grasp sound concepts. David is reading and overcoming and I am so proud! He has done everything he can to keep his mind on learning words, and the ones that challenge him he sounds out. Big deal. Great kid.

Emily is 2, she is expressing interesting in pottying and major interest in being the princess. So why shouldn't a princess have a throne? Right? I adore that little girl, I love that each day is different and always fun. She is talking in full sentences and is so funny, she will get down next to you and tell you if she likes or dislikes something and is the biggest lipgloss theif in the state (and to think.. I thought it was her sister)

Chuck is busy with work and school and keeping this family going. He is the strongest man I know and willing to sacrifice things he wants for the kids or me. He is everything I always knew my knight in shining armour would be. He's my knight in camo :o)~

Me? I am all about change this year. No, not political change. Personal change and growth... or pesonal shrinking. I am losing weight, and proud of the way I feel. I love the energy and wonder why it took me so long to find it. Yes, for me.. this is about change but at the same time not letting go of who I am or where I came from.. so change but remain the same.

This whole thing in the end means just one thing.. family. We may have pieces but in the end we can take them together and form the perfect puzzle.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Post it Note Tuesday

I am not sure I can express how much I love Post it Note Tuesday, mostly because I love that you can express how you are feeling in one little stickie.. It really is fun...and freeing. So here are mine for today:

There we have it.. my post its.. :o)~ More next week.. this week I decided to shape them differently . one at a time was killing the space on my blog.. :o)~ Have a good week.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Not Me Monday

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week

This past week, I certainly did not (again) pick my battles and (again) let me son go to school wearing socks that were from Halloween and Christmas (again) because the fight was just not worth it.

This past week, I did not have give in and let Emily have her pacifier during daylight hours because she was in a horrid mood and given the options of screaming or her sitting and watching Dora. I chose sitting and watching Dora

I certainly did not put out more fires then one person should be forced to, in one week (not literal but you know what I mean)

I did not get flustered and aggrivated this week over a situation that I can not fix, and I do not have control over mostly because I am a control freak.

I did not fight with my children again about their inability to do their chores...Is it just mine with springitis??

I did not suffer through many innings of baseball the other night, but got the payoff when they won. (something that does not normally happen this year)

and finally..

I have not spent the past four days worrying myself sick over a situation that I can not change. While I know that this situation is not my faulr or in my control. .it sure does suck to be stuck like this! Prayers would be appreciated.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Letters of Intent


Letters of Intent over at Julie's blog located at Foursons, was found a few weeks ago.. and well ever willing to join in on something fun and freeing.. here I am! Please join in and link up! they are so fun to read

Dear US Economy-

What can we do to fix you? So far in the past two weeks you have been the reason why a few people I know have lost their jobs. Please try and get over this hump, and help them get back on their feet. I am so sad that this great country of ours has let stuff like this happen. I am sad that politicians and others are oblivious and keep saying that the Economy is fine. While I am still paying $2.00 for a loaf of bread.. that is NOT fine. Iam not FINE with that. Anyways.. please take two advil and get over it ok?



Dear Ugly Betty Writers-

Ugh. Ok. the last episode was good, the last 2 minutes of Betty and Daniel was well.. anti climatic. How do I put this nicely.. I wanted the *ahem* climax. (for those of you who have your mouth on the floor.. pick it up.. I went there.. I am grown its ok). I did find that your solutions to some things were awesome. I was happy to see that everything was tied up with a nice bow, and I love that at the end "Ugly" disappeared and left just Betty" Nice.

Will miss you-

The fan.


Dear Mom-

So, about those rotten teenage years, I am really sorry. Was there something I did between 5 and 12 I am being paid back for also? Honestly, I know there had to be something or is it all Chuck's and the ex's fault? Either way.. I really am sorry. Can you please take the pins out of my vodoo doll please?

The obedient forever...


Dear Stupid guy in traffic-

Yes, you are right it is probably not to call someone I do not know stupid, however, anyone who drives for not one, not two but three stop lights with his finger in his nose can not be the sharpest knife in the drawer. To make matters worse, when you FINALLY moved you popped open a 40 ounce of something (no, I don't care what it was). One can only hope that from digging your nose up so far that you scratched or poked your brain and obviously needed something to numb you. However doing so while driving, makes you a moron and someone completing an illegal act. I hope that you got caught.


Will NEVER be that stupid.

Ok there you have it.. my letters.. not all very nice this week.. it hasn't been a nice week.. but done none the less. Have a great weekend!

Friday night leftovers

Welcome to the 6th (personal) edition of the lovely Danired's over at Sippy Cups Are Not For Starbucks Friday night leftovers. Where we get to Clean out the refrigerator of life and tell you whats new with us. **Edited to add that Danifred did not do FNL today, and I hope she is not mad that I still chose to do so!!**:

We went to the circus last night, If you are a huge fan of PETA and not a huge fan of the Circus, please stop reading now. I don't want hate mail, and I know there are probably questionable things there.. however I am pretty sure there are questionable things in everything we do daily. So anyways.. public service announcement over.

We went to the circus last night and we had a ball. This was the first time for quite a few in our group. Emily, David, Diem (my friend Nikia's daughter), and Chucky! I was expecting excitement, but little did I expect to see my two year old sit in one spot for the ENTIRE show. She did not budge. She started to nod off for a minute and snapped up to attention when something else happened.

David did suffer through the noises a bit because of his Aspergers Syndrome, but ya know Cotton Candy contained him JUST fine :o)~. I didn't cheat on my diet (I did have a few swipes of Cotton Candy--but 100 calories a serving.. woot woot).

Ok some funny and great moments:

David upon seeing Emily was wearing the poodle backpack leash thingee.. asked "Can I walk her?"

We explained though that we do not walk our sister.. even though it is hilarious to be asked that...but isn't she cute?

Stephanie has a tattoo of "Goofy" on her Arm, a clown after inspecitng her arm repeatedly walked up and wrote "I'm" over it. LMAO. Hilarious.

Watching my husbands face as they kept putting more motorcylces inside the big circle thingee.. That was just cool.

Having my picture taken for a newspaper with Emily and realizing AFTER that I had a red clown nose on. Here are me and Chucky :o)~
David during the preshow bringing us every clown he could find to have his picture taken with him lol.
And my daughter getting picked up by an acrobat in spandex. Wow.

Mary had a ball plotting ways to torment her sister who claims she is scared of clowns.. she So wasn't.. she then explained she doesn't like killer clowns like Pennywise from IT
The circus was amazing, the animals were beautful, my animals behaved, and when all was said and done there was not one person in my car who could say we did not truly just attend the greatest show on Earth.