Last week I had the opportunity to go down to Wahpeton, North Dakota and visit the Chahinkapa Zoo. Directly across from the zoo sits the Prairie Rose Carousel. Built in 1926, it is one of the original 150 wooden horse carousels that still operate throughout the United States. One ride on it, with my younger daughter Cadence, was magical.
She didn’t want to sit on a horse so we sat down on the bench seat and enjoyed the ride with the period music that played so beautifully. I found myself transported to another era; one of simple things, a slower pace and the feeling I was in the middle of a beautiful park on a pleasant summer day in the first half of the 20th century.
It’s often moments like these that become the ones most cherished years down the road. Here I thought I was simply sitting down with my daughter for a brief two minute ride on a carousel. Instead, it was a frozen moment in time where nothing else in the world mattered but the smile on the face of a beautiful three-year-old and her daddy who didn’t want the carousel to stop.
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