For the most part, I'm a pretty serious person. Rarely silly. Always sarcastic, but thoughtful and mature 95% of the time. I've been this way since I was a kid. Just imagine the things I say now coming out of the mouth of a five year old and you'll realize what kind of messes my mother cleaned up behind me before I was old enough to do it myself.
But deep inside, in the part of my brain usually tucked away, is that five year old. The one who fell in love with Prince Charming and was an honorary member of the Mickey Mouse Club. (I placed in an art contest when I was a kid and got a pin and ears and everything.) The one who got every Disney movie when they came out on VHS for gifts and when she got old enough, bought them for herself on DVD. I have all 4 Disney Classics CDs, so I know the words to little known songs from movies, rides, parades and shows. Just ask me to serenade you. DB missed the whole Disney thing growing up in the 70s and he just doesn't get it when I dance around the house singing "Hoggity, poggity, woggity-wack!"
It's this inner child that is the driving force behind the scope of our upcoming trip to Disney World. I've been waiting for Little Sister to be old enough to remember and enjoy the trip. When the others said they were considering going, we decided to make a big thing of it. From there, with the help of Instigator and the power of the internet, it exploded into the grand Disney extravaganza. Any second now, PC and Angel are going to tell us we're on our own and ban us from the email loop.
A million emails and schedules and scenarios have flown around and for good reason. A lot of these things require advanced planning and reservations. There will be several character meals, autograph books and princess makeovers. Gifts from Tinkerbell and matching shirts. Trading pins and fairy god-mailers (long story). We're staying on property in awesome condos with dining plans and special after hours parties. I think if we could manage to get the kids on a parade float, we'd do it. I'm thinking perhaps we can manage to get Little Man to drive the Monorail. We're already dressing up for the Halloween party. Well, some of us are, anyway.
I'm pretty sure I've lost my mind. I'm also pretty sure that LS won't be nearly as impressed with this trip as I will be. I'm sure she'll love it, but the appreciation for this will likely come much later in life. This is the trip I wanted when I was 6. To see and experience all the magic of Disney when I still believed in it. To spend a week exploring everything - seeing the shows and the parades, not just going from line to line in a rush to cram everything into one day. Money just wasn't happening back when I was that age, so I dreamed that one day, this would be the kind of trip I would take my kids on. No kids yet, but when and if I do have them, I will be a seasoned veteran.
What brings out the kid in you? Do you have any fond Disney memories or big trips you took your kids on?
P.S. Instigator is blogging tomorrow on the Blaze Author blog. Stop by and say hello. www.blazeauthors.com/blog/