In my last post, my mom talked about her first visit to Disneyland the year it opened in 1955. Next I asked her about the first time I went to Disneyland and we talked about the first time we took Addie. It had never occurred to me that my mom had been there for all of our Disneyland firsts. (We were also all together the first time we went to Disneyworld, more on that later.) I also didn’t realize that my first time at Disneyland was also my Aunt Cheryl’s first time at Disneyland. For anyone who’s read my blog, they’ll know that my Aunt Cheryl was the woman who made me who I am. She was paralyzed at 19 and spent her entire life in a wheelchair. She passed away two years ago and only a few weeks after her funeral I finally became pregnant with Vivi, who shares the same middle name as her.
I don’t remember much of my first trip but thankfully my mom does and there are pictures that prove we were all there together. Hopefully that’s how Addie will feel as she looks back at all the photos from her very first trip, one I’ll certainly never forget.
Recording these videos makes me want to record all sorts of interviews with my mom, not only for myself but for my girls. It already blows Addie’s mind that I never touched a computer until 6th grade or a DVD or cell phone until my teens, I can only imagine what she’d think about my mom’s childhood.
For now, we discuss two more Disney firsts, my mom’s daughter and her first granddaughter.
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