We’ve just come back from several enjoyable and unforgettable days in Florida. Each time I travel with my family, I learn something new about them. Traveling, even somewhere as relatively mundane as Florida, pushes out the walls of your comfort zone — and as Oprah-ish as that might sound, I think it’s a good thing for all of us to have our boundaries pushed at a little. My own boys seem each to be a year older and six inches taller today, and I swear that’s a by-product of being somewhere other than home for eight days.
Travel also reminds you of things you already knew, but probably have forgotten. To wit:
1. No matter how obedient your children might be, there will be moments when corrective action need be taken to keep their behaviour in check:
2. Not only are my boys friends, they are also best friends. Sometimes, they even act as if they are:
3. Theme parks are loud, crowded, and boisterous. They can be incredibly fun places if one is in the right frame of mind to be jostled, well prepared for the crowds, armed with a touring plan (we really liked this website, for that) and armed with a sense of humour and a large packet of patience.
Wine helps, too. Especially when you can sip that glass of wine anywhere in the park:
4. I’m convinced that there exists over Disney’s Magic Kingdom theme park an invisible bubble, which keeps in all the fairy dust, happy, scented air and whatever else it is they spread around there that makes it virtually impossible to be angry or grumpy at anyone for the entire duration of your stay. About ten minutes after you leave, you will find yourself doubly confused, both by the sudden return of your cynicism about all things Disney, as well as by the gaping hole in your wallet where your money once was.
5. Every now and again, it’s okay to get a little Goofy:
- Disney World in 2012 (thedisneymoms.com)