It had been a while since I took my kids to Riverside Park, so when we went last week, I wondered if the metal merry-go-round was still in motion. Sure enough, it was.
Most of these old school, "dangerous" pieces of playground equipment are long gone, but for some reason, this one is still around in all of its vertigo-inducing glory.
In past years, every time I visited this park I saw a kid fly off the merry-go-round – without serious injury, luckily – and understood why most playgrounds don't have these '70s fun faves anymore.
However, I’m pleased we still have a merry-go-round on Milwaukee’s East Side. Sure, there’s risk involved, and sure, if you spend more than a few minutes near or on this fiercely rotating disc piled with small people you'll witness a few tears.
But mostly, you’ll hear kids belly laughing, living completely in the moment and yelling, "Faster, daddy, faster!"
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.