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Every year Spring Break rolls around, and we rarely make any advance plans to go away . . . get away . . . and take a break from work and all the other every day demands.  It just sneaks up on us and by the time we realize it, it's too late; everything's booked, of course.

It's very easy to just stay in that routine of "All work and no play . . . "  That makes for a pretty dull life, tho, eh?!  We keep rackin' up air miles . . . saving them for "some day" . . . It was time.  Time to turn some day into NOW . . . and by a stroke of luck, I was able to use 'em at the last minute to fly us away to, as some of you guessed, The Happiest Place on Earth!  Yup!  DISNEYLAND!!!

I never got to experience Disneyland as a kid–not that I have ever considered myself deprived because of it, LOL!  But, when Dave and I were first married, a chance came to see the Magic Kingdom for what would be, at least for me, the very first time.  Even as an adult, it was magical!  I had never seen anything like it, and to this day still can't help but marvel at the engineering behind the rides, and the amazing detail in the sets and props of some of my favorites–Splash Mountain, The Haunted Mansion, just to name a few . . . Afterwards, I just knew it would be delightful for my own kidlings to experience the same some day . . . But, I digress . . .

On our 2nd night, on the tram into the park, a mother and father seated a row ahead of us told their little ones, in very surly tones, "You better enjoy this.  Because this is the last time we are ever coming to this place!  It's expensive and it's RIDICULOUS!"

One of the little ones asked rather tremulously, "Can I go when I'm a grown-up?"

It about broke my heart.  Yeah.  Disney IS spendy; I can't argue that.  But . . . ridiculous?  Oh, I have such a very hard time with that . . . childhood is so fleeting . . . soon enough there are adult responsibilities and worries to contend with and we forget the "wonder", UKWIM?  I'm pretty sure I sat there with my mouth hanging open in disbelief  . . . 

Taylor put his chin on my shoulder and whispered into my ear, "Mom, thank you", and Dave squeezed my hand.  They'd overheard the conversation in the row ahead, too . . .

I love that little twinkly musical sound as the scanner reads your ticket when you enter the park.  I love the cinnamony smell of churros wafting through the air as you stroll down Main Street.  I love the sparkle in not just my kids' eyes, but, my hubby's, too, at the thrill of which fantasy attraction to hit first–I'm a lucky girl; I married a guy who is very much a kid at heart . . . and it's one of the things I love most about him! *grin*

We grinned at each other, clasped hands, and made a beeline for Pirates Of The Caribbean.  We were not disappointed! *wink*

LIVE SIGGY

  • Roundtrip tickets:  75,000 air miles
  • Three churros:  $9
  • Magic & wonder:  Priceless
21 Comments
  1. I LOVED your post. To say that I love disney is an understament to say the least. I know it’s not the cheapest place to be — but the time with my family and the happiness that place brings me is priceless. It’s almost a daily conversation at my house as to which ride they would like to be on — or which sounds they’d like to hear again. Some day I’d really like to live close enough to have season passes. I’d walk up and down main street every single day.

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