FF – Carousel

Take it as you will, here’s my contribution to Friday Fiction this week. Our photo is from Ted Strutz and reminds me of an old prompt, but I can’t find it now, so maybe I dreamt it…



“I always liked the carousel,” said Jo, as they stood waving, at regular intervals, to their passing sons.

“But all it does is go round and round,” Lucy sighed. “It doesn’t go anywhere.” Much like life, she almost added. “It’s the most boring ride at the whole fair.”

“Even the ones that seem to go somewhere finish near the start,” Jo smiled. “The trick is to enjoy the view.”

The boys passed by again, hands in the air, smiles on their faces. The whole world spread out below, like they could reach out and grab it as they flew.


Filed under Friday Fiction, Writing

26 responses to “FF – Carousel

  1. I think Jo is a wise woman.


  2. Dale

    All a matter od perspective, eh?

  3. I think enjoying the view is all you can do.. I have always favored the spiral movement, circle and forward at the same time.

  4. And, it is just plain fun!

  5. micklively

    Ashes to ashes, dust to dust: life is carousel. Enjoy the ride!

  6. gahlearner

    Ah, Lucy, lighern up. It’s the acceleration, the speed, the flying, the adventure, the view… and sometimes the company. If life is like that, bring it on. 😉

  7. Oh, I love this, Jennifer! Such beautifully simple advice for life. Perfectly written, too.

  8. Love that last sentence, excellently written as always.

  9. indeed. The trick is to enjoy the view – there are enough ups and downs without choosing to have even greater ones. Randy

  10. Dear Jen,

    Jo has the right perspective. No doubt she’s a happier person than Lucy. Nicely done with a good message.



  11. Very wise words from Jo. They remind me of what Ferris Bueller says: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around you might miss it.”

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