NYC World's Fair in 1964
Since I turned 60 a year ago, I've been hoping to visit some kind of fair. I figured that would be the ultimate way to celebrate one of my best 6-year-old memories.
Spheres to Dinosaurs
I found old scrapbook photos. Even though they were blurry, they brought back giddy memories and made me crave a little fair time. But even if I'd found a fair enjoy, there would be no Unisphere or dinosaurs... no General Motors Futurama or Pieta.
However, I knew there had been a big carousel at the World's Fair. If I couldn't make a trip to a fair for my final celebration, maybe a fancy carousel ride would do the trick!
The Houston Zoo Carousel!
When I realized our Houston zoo had a carousel, I decided that could be my fair celebration!
I will admit, my carousel adventure was on my birthday yesterday. But in order to complete my goal of 60 (6-year-old) celebrations while I was 60... I decided I wouldn't officially turn 61 until noon! I may have been acting like a 6-year-old for the morning, but I'm afraid I still had to pay the adult ticket price.
Early at the Zoo
Don and I headed for the zoo in the misty, chilly morning. We beat the crowds and had the carousel to ourselves. Staff members Steven and Jill were playful and patient with us, taking photos and putting up with my giddy chatter.
How to Decide?
How does one possibly make a choice when there are 64 completely different beasts? I could ride a caterpillar or an armadillo, a koala or manatee! I headed for the giraffe, but was reminded by Jill, that the giraffe does not go up and down. Steven told us the cheetah was popular, because it goes so fast. That made me laugh, so I went for it.
Round and Round
Before we got on, I promised Steven and Jill that I would not do tricks. I told them how I stood up on my carousel horse at age 4, hoping to impress my watching mother... and got reprimanded by the carousel attendant.
Don and I enjoyed having the whole merry-go-round to ourselves. We waved to Steven and Jill, as if they were adoring parents. Well, not really. But we waved for the camera.
I turned 61 at noon. All done. It was fun removing that zero from my 60-year-old age, for a year. I liked being 6, but I guess I'm ready to grow up. Being 6 is exhausting.