As a child I used to love to ride carousels. There's just something magical about them. I loved the brightly painted horses that would take me on a momentary journey carrying me up and down as if I were galloping through a magical land. Who didn't love the twinkle in the horses eyes, the mirrors that would reflect the joy of the children that were laughing and smiling? The moms and dads that stood by their little darlings making sure they didn't fall off. The sweet music that played as if you had just opened a music box.
So many memories that I hold still today. As a child, my parents took me to an amusement called, "Olympic Park" in Maplewood, NJ. In fact I wrote a prior post about it when I first opened "Tranquil Acres of Alexandria". You can view it by clicking on this post called "Olympic Park Baby Parade - 1965" . While doing some research for that post I learned that the carousel that I rode there is now Walt Disney World's oldest attraction! After Olympic Park closed, Walt Disney bought the carousel in 1967 and renamed it "Cinderella's Golden Carousel"!
My daughters loved going on carousels as much as I would love joining them. My husband and I rode a couple when we were dating during our trips to the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, NJ. Again, many fine and precious moments of love.
When my second daughter was born, a friend of mine gave me a gift for her. A precious carousel horsey wall hanging that was made by her mother-in-law. Rose was a very special woman to so many and the crafts she made were pure pieces of art that reflected her warm and generous heart. When ever I look at Amanda's carousel horsey I think of Rose and how beautiful she was inside and out. Isn't the artwork beautiful? A treasured gift for sure.
Carousels can bring such happy memories, thrills and even romance, wouldn't you agree?
Today I'm joining Beverly's Pink Saturday at "How Sweet the Sound".