I was trying to brainstorm a goal for our family to do this summer because I tend to operate better as a mother when I have a plan in place. I have a 6-year-old, a 3-year-old and a baby, and we love going out and doing things.
I was aiming for some sort of self-betterment, but it didn't necessarily have to be educational. Just something that would give us the satisfaction of saying, "This summer we did _______" (fill in the blank).
Around Easter someone had mentioned going to a carousel on the coast, which I had never heard of. I wondered how many carousels could there be in Massachusetts? My first quick search turned up 8 historic merry-go-rounds. After looking some more my list grew to 18, then 19, and now it stands at 22.
Twenty-two carousels in one summer was doable. I asked the family if this was something they might want to do - I was pretty sure it was a no-brainer - and they answered a unanimous yes!
So, it doesn't provide much self-betterment, but it will give us the satisfaction of goal completion. And there is some history here, so maybe we'll learn something along the way.
We are now in the process of finding and riding the 22 carousels of Massachusetts. Please join us as we ride around the state (and please let me know of any carousels in the Bay State in case we've missed some)!