Back in February, we packed up our car and took the kids to Disney World on a whim. My husband and I were both exhausted and over-worked. We had been spending too little time with Anders and Danica and too much time wrapped up in deadlines and paperwork and other things that lead to exasperated sighs and declined invitations to play.
“Not right now. Mommy’s busy,” was becoming my catch phrase and I knew the only way to combat it was to escape and what better place to flee than the Magic Kingdom?
The more miles we put between us and that “to-do” list taped to our refrigerator back home, the more relaxed I felt, fueled in part by the excitement emanating from the backseat. By the time we finally made it through the gates of the park, the kids were uncontrollable balls of pure glee. I think they were high on magic. It’s in the air at Disney.
That first day will always be one of my most cherished memories with Anders and Danica. I’d never seen them light up quite the way they did on that day. Each turn of the corner brought a new adventure, something great to be explored, consumed, enjoyed, remembered.
I didn’t even mind riding “Its A Small World After All” because I got to experience it through Anders’ eyes. Floating along, I must have answered one million questions about the different cultures represented there, all of which were shouted with incredulity at the top of his lungs.
At evening’s end, we took a seat on a curb to watch the parade. Danica crawled into my lap while Anders tucked himself under my arm. They both relaxed against me. I kissed their sweaty cheeks and squeezed them tight and promised myself I would always remember this moment where everything was right with the world.
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