Updated: Aug 31
Disney World! A magical experience. Taylor and I accompanied my husband, Jeff, who was traveling there for a business conference. One of our happy place's for two whole days. Can't do it all in two days, and still two days is a lot of adventure any way you slice it. For us, it was about quality time, exercise, sunshine and meeting Chewbacca from Star Wars. Whaaaaat!?! Yes, gave me goose bumps!
Halfway through our second day, we were rained out. Although rain is not unexpected in Florida, it was the thunder and lightening that made me say, 'nope...sorry'. We exited the park, holding onto the hoods of our ponchos, me dragging Taylor. There were rushing puddles of water and parades of families to dodge as we scrambled into the resort shuttle lines. Drenched, tired, sandwiched in a sea of families...waiting. Still waiting. Still waiting. Finally, we were packed into the shuttle, like sardines, some sitting and some standing. Tired people of all ages, dripping water everywhere. I guess the magic is over. Or is it?
The shuttle bus was so uncomfortable, that Taylor and I, decided to get off at the very first stop. We walked the rest of the way to our hotel. Strolling along, in the quiet rain, we noticed how the rain brought a welcoming cool down to the sweltering heat of the day prior. Upon an unavoidable water puddle, we giggled, and splashed our way through it. Afterall, we were soaked already. Upon our arrival to the hotel, we squished our way up to the room and relished nice warm showers. When Jeff's conference ended, he was surprised to see us back so early. So now the magic is over. Or is it?
Here we were in one of the most magical places on earth. The rain had stopped. There were many activities to be experienced. Yet, there was something sweet and savoring about just being together in the quiet hotel room. We opened a pack of Magic Kingdom, Uno cards, which Taylor had bought from a park gift store. We ordered room service for dinner. The three of us sat, ate and played Uno games for hours. Magical!
In life, the storms will come. In the quiet moments that follow, don't forget to create and relish your own magic. Happy Adventures Await!
Bonnie J. Gibson, Author/Illustrator of the Fox Hollow Series. Books for children with messages for us all. www.bonniejgibson.com