“You don't really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around - and why his parents will always wave back.”
- William D. TammeusIt's interesting how we interact and connect with our children and loved ones. Perhaps there is a basic need to bond, and to be assured of contact. While it may not make sense for a child to wave each and every time he spots his parents when he goes on a merry-go-round, and it makes even less sense for the parents (more excitedly, in most instances) to wave back, I see it as a truly raw and unadulterated method of love and assurance.
The child is spinning round and round in a circle. He isn't going anywhere... but he's having fun, and is enjoying the ride. He wants to share that feeling with the people he loves. He wants to show them that he's happy. He shares with his parents his happiness, and his joy at always being able to see them round the bend.
We, as parents, want to assure the child that he is safe, that with every turn, he will always be able to spot the people who matter most in his young life. We will be there when he gets off the ride.
We will always be there for them at the end of each journey, no matter how perilous or arduous; wherever they go, regardless of how old they may be.