“Love and magic have a great deal in common. They enrich the soul, delight the heart, and they both take practice.” – unknown DO YOU believe in magic?
I do and I was just reminded of how real magic can be when my dad and his wife insisted the one thing we had to do during my recent trip back home to Colorado was ride on “The Carousel of Happiness.”
“Carousel of Happiness?” I thought, “That sounds a little hokey.” I couldn’t have been more wrong and it turns out there is a wonderful story involved.
“The Carver,” as a person who carves carousel animals is called, is a Vietnam vet named Scott Harrison, who set out to honor his two best buddies, fallen in combat, with a carousel he envisioned building in some magical mountain place.
Apparently, the young Marine machine-gunner had always loved the mountains and his sister had given him a music box to listen to when he needed to escape the stresses of war. The song it played, he later said, was “as sad as it was beautiful” and it put him in the mind of riding a carousel – a universally happy experience.