I don’t remember when I rode my first carousel, but I know I love the feeling of freedom that rushes over me as the carousel goes round and round and my horse goes up and down. I feel exuberant, free, and innocent whenever I’m on a carousel horse. Years ago, after finding out I was receiving a significant promotion at work, a department manager invited me to use her office to call my parents so I could share the news with them. I still remember that phone call, standing next to the carousel horse she displayed in her office. This past spring, I took my oldest grandson on his first carousel ride. I will strive for the rest of my days to attain the level of joy that burst forth from him as the carousel began to turn.
I’ve always wanted a carousel horse, but the real ones, even the reproductions, are too expensive. A few years ago, I came across this carousel horse (zebra) in a thrift store. It’s actually a child’s rocking horse that has been refashioned into a carousel horse. I like the idea that it was, perhaps, used by a family’s children and then, once they were grown, crafted into a carousel horse for display and memories. I’m also a little saddened as I wonder why, then, would someone donate it to a thrift store. I bought it with the idea of refreshing its look “Someday” and giving it a new home.
I’d like to have the kind of house someday where a carousel horse wouldn’t be out of place in the living room.
I have the kind of house where a carousel horse wouldn’t be out of place in the living room, but I’ve reserved a spot in my bedroom for my carousel horse. There’s a large ledge across one side of the room that can only be seen from the other side of the room – where my bed is. My carousel horse will sit up there where I can see it each night before I fall asleep and first thing in the morning when I awaken.
As I thought about what “Someday” I would tackle for this final month, I realized I wanted to do something that would bring me joy. Refinishing the carousel horse feels joyful in two ways: the act of refinishing it will be creative and I like being creative and the finished horse, sitting where I can see it every day will remind of the joy and freedom I feel while riding a carousel.