At the Tilden Park Carousel’s Christmas Extravaganza, Berkeley, CA.
We’ve been here before. (Back then, when she was two, and again then, at two and a half. Clearly it’s a thing for me: I just counted over half a dozen “carousel”-referential posts here.)
We come to Tilden Park’s Christmas Spectacular (ok, official title is “Fantasy,” but we rotate its name for fun) more or less annually, since she and her brother began to be big enough to not be overwhelmed by a carousel. Okay, since they were old enough for me to not be overwhelmed by the prospect of holding their wee bodies on a moving zoo animal on a carousel.
We’ll be back every single year, until the youngest of them can no longer grasp enough of a wisp of his childhood self to enjoy the ride.
I really don’t know what to expect with these people. When they reach the tween verge, and the tug-of-war with their past and future intensifies, what will they do with these childish things? They are so full now, with such easy access to a wisdom most would attribute to advanced years, and an equally easy access to a weightless imaginativeness most would attribute to extreme youth.
What I want is for them to continue to hold that paradox, all the while being fully immersed in their present. À la the reformed Scrooge, who, at the end of his three-directional hell ride, vowed to the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future!”
A gal can, and does, dream.
2 thoughts on “Regarding the carousel”
It’s entirely possible for your kids to continue to hold on to those “childish” things. When I went to Paris at the age of 22, I was relatively unenthusiastic about the Eiffel Tower, but I took tremendous delight in the antique carousel across the road. I still have the pictures of my friend and I laughing as we road the wooden horses around and around.
I am picturing such an image: beautiful.
Also, thanks for the view further down the road.