Ride the carousel!

Last night was a drippy, rainy evening in Seattle.  I drove down to the waterfront to go to a dance hall but try as I might, I couldn’t find it.

I kept walking up and down the sidewalk, retracing my steps, certain I was in the right area and then thought, maybe it had closed?!  I was sopping wet by then (because of course, living in Seattle, I never carry an umbrella).

After about a half hour of trying to find the hall, I needed to get out of the rain.  I found myself at the game  arcade and carousel (that was still open and very empty of customers).  I had never been in there all the years of living in this town.  It’s where tourists went, not residents…

The clerk behind the counter looked bored that no one was coming in  that night (and probably waiting to go home).  So, spontaneously, I asked her, ‘Can I ride the carousel?’.  She looked amused, this grown, rain-soaked woman wanting a ride on the merry-go-round at 8:30 at night.

But, she said it was still open.  So, I paid my $1.50 and climbed on board.  The clerk even rang the bell for me.  And of course, I had to take a picture to document the experience.  After I did that, I put my phone away and just enjoyed the ride, and reminded myself of the times when I was a kid and we didn’t take photos of everything, we didn’t have to capture the moment ‘permanently’, we lived in the moment.  For the next several minutes I gave myself permission to live in the moment, watching the arcade spin around me, seeing Puget Sound through the windows of the hall, listening to the Carney music…

And then, the carousel started slowing down, coming to an end.  I got off and thanked the clerk who looked genuinely happy I had yielded over to my child-self.  Well, that’s my perspective.  I think the clerk was happy to witness a grown woman having fun before she closed for the night.

Walking back out into the rain, I could feel an inner warmth.  That was fun!  Even though I couldn’t find the dance hall I was looking for, I found a bit of joy spurred on by the magic of the merry-go-round.  And in the process, came back into the moment.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Charmaine Porter
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 11:08:15

    THis makes my heart so happy. I do sometimes long for those days when every magic moment was captured in our head…thus leaving us open to the magic of the moment. It’s the Heisenberg theory…you can’t capture the moment because the minute you do- it’s already gone. Best to just live it 🙂
    Love this story….it’s an inspriation to the inner child in us all!

  2. reikitrainingprogram
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 12:22:16

    Thanks so much Charmaine! The experience keeps coming through this day!

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