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.
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Great “someday” to finish
Enjoyed the story. The horse photo looks beautiful. Did you complete the refinishing already?
No! It actually looks much better in the photo than it does in reality. I’ll post an “after” photo when I’m done.