The Catcher in the Rye

Why does Holden watch Phoebe on the carousel, rather than riding the carousel himself?

Ch 25 & 26

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Holden finally witnesses, in his eyes, something beautiful. Watching his sister on the carousel, Holden realizes that her joy is not fake, phoney, or hypocritical. For once Holden witnesses truth in a child's joy. He just wants to watch.