I must say, I have loved being a mom. I have the most awesome kid in the world! I really do! She went away for a week to Disney for a friend’s wedding. Actually, it was the wedding of her friend’s mother but it was cancelled so they all went to Disney for a week-long vacation. Lucky girl.
Her first visit to Disney was in 2001 for the family honeymoon. She was eight. It was wicked busy and we met with friends for a day of fun. Now, it had been many years since I had been but one day is not enough and we were already exhausted. Her biggest dream was to meet Goofy! Little did she know that Disney would not be a magical place for her. We searched high and low. She met Mickey and Minnie, Pluto and a plethora of other characters, no Goofy. Then, she got separated from us. We were all terrified! She HATED DIsney and never wanted to go back!
Well, it was eight years later when we went back to Disney for a marching band competition/performance. We had a great time and visited EPCOT. We actually went to three different ‘kingdoms’ while we were there. STILL, NO GOOFY!! She was not impressed.
Five years passed and she has spent an entire week at Disney World and she has had an awesome experience. She has ridden all the scary rides. Eaten scrumptious foods at the Brown Derby and Victoria & Alberts. She also ate at the chef’s table and was treated to eleven delectable course including Kobe beef. She saw Gary Sinise eating with his dad. Her waiter knows Samantha Brown personally! SHe was having a great time! But, to top off her visit to the Magic Kingdom, she FINALLY met Goofy and had her picture taken with him! Her vision of Disney has been restored. We even received a postcard in the mail from her! AND SHE MISSED US AND WISHED WE WERE THERE WITH HER!!
Maybe I didn’t do such a bad job after all. SHe still has a little bit of a kid in her. She still wants her mommy and daddy, just not 24-7. My baby is starting grad school next week and we move her into her new apartment in two weeks. We are all moving forward but not too quickly!