On our way home from our spring break trip, I talk Scott into going to the Santa Monica Pier as our one last vacation "hurrah". I convince him to pay the mandatory $12 parking fee by telling him "Don't you want this to be around for our kids?" We have to support this establishment!" (as if 2,000 other people aren't doing exactly that on this very day).
Once inside, I allow Scott to pick the ride since I have been so pushy about this experience so far. He picks the ferris wheel. I love rides and amusement parks, that's why I want to do this, but the ferris wheel freaks. me. out.
Once they close the flimsy little door to our bucket I confess "I hate ferris wheels! They're freaking scary!"
"What?!" He replies, in a perplexed tone. I'm too busy holding on to respond. As we raise higher and higher into the sky, Scott fills the silence by saying "Wait, I do too! Why did I pick this? Why is this so shaky?"
We finish the ride, which seems to last at least 10 minutes longer than necessary, feeling sheer terror and not at all distracted by the gorgeous views of Santa Monica on this sunny day. The only thing that keeps my mind off the height is taking pictures and looking at my gold Lisa Leonard shell necklace. I love it. It is simple, organic, unique and pretty. I feel like it ties me to ocean when I'm not in it.
We get off the ferris wheel and I kiss Scott right on the mouth as a child screams beside us about wanting more cotton candy. Now, whenever I look at this necklace I am not only reminded of the sea, but of this silly-scary-fun experience with Scott on the Santa Monica Pier ferris wheel.
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