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. My family only lived in New York one year, but it happened to be the year when the World's Fair opened.
We lived in Staten Island, but we still felt a part of the excitement in Manhattan. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge was being built that year, so my father had to take the ferry to work. I loved it when our family of 6 took the ferry to Manhattan. I remember viewing the construction of the fair's iconic Unisphere, eager for the fair to open. My memories of the World's Fair are wonderful and dream-like!
Spheres to Dinosaurs
I found old scrapbook photos, taken by my sister. Even though these photos were blurry, they brought back giddy memories and made me crave a little fair time. Even if I'd found a fair to enjoy, there would have been no Unisphere, or dinosaurs... no General Motors Futurama, or Pieta.
However, I knew there had seen 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 enjoyed my carousel adventure on my birthday yesterday.
My 60th (6-year-old) celebration was actually on the day I turned 61. I hope that's not cheating. But, I still acted like 60-year-old. Actually, I acted more like a 6-year-old, but I'm afraid they still charged me 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 my memory of standing on my carousel horse at age 4, hoping to impress my mother who watched from the ground. I was crushed when the carousel attendant reprimanded!
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.
Riding the carousel, was like stepping back in time! What a wonderful 60th celebration! I finished my goal!
I am 61 now and all done. It was fun removing that zero from my 60-year-old age, for an entire year. I liked being 6, but I guess I'm ready to grow up. Being 6 is exhausting.