travel last year in which I swore I would never do a road trip over 4-5 hours.
I must repent from that statement.
Without going into all the details I found myself in a van with my in-laws on our way to Orlando, Florida so that my l.a.d. and her cousins could experience Disney World. I have to admit the travel itself was not bad. I think the key to doing that sort of travel is to make sure you stop frequently, about every 2-3 hours so you get a chance to stretch your legs ... And whatever other part of your body needs to be stretched. Last year we just wanted to "make time" and didn't stop very often and when we did stop it was too long. Frequent quick stops is the way to go I believe ... I have to do another road trip like that to be sure ... But my body was not hurting nearly as much as it was last year. And I am not as fit as I was this time last year.
So, yes, we went to Disney World. My l.a.d. had a great time. She met a bunch of princesses and rode a few rides. She didn't meet Mickey and the crew up close and personal though, we were both disappointed about that.
But, how she enjoyed the trip isn't my focus today. Today I want to give a shout out to my fellow parents who think it's a great idea to take their young children to Disney World and experience the "magic" of it all.
Friends, I cannot tell you how many parents I saw having melt-downs and tantrums. I was in awe. You see, I think for some reason we (parents) think our child(ren) will transform once they get into the park.
If anything, they get worse.
They (understandably) get very selfish and demanding. They want to see who they want to see, go where they want to go, and do what they want to do. I saw one man turn so red I thought his head would explode. And his children? Totally unaffected. One poor lady in the bathroom was doing everything she could not to break down and cry because "Susie" just would not listen. I looked at her and said, "Mom to mom, I get it, you're not alone." She replied, "It's just too much!" almost shedding a tear.
Folks, I've come to the conclusion that Disney is just not for parents. Yeah, perhaps if your children are about middle school age or older - but any younger that, you need to come mentally prepared. Fortunately for me, several incidents occurred prior to my going that caused me to be mentally prepared for the trip. Had they not, I believe I would have joined the rest of the parents walking around having meltdowns. I went with the sole purpose of making it a memorable time for my l.a.d. I didn't refer to it as a vacation for myself. I knew that it was going to be work, just as it is everyday raising a 3 year old.
That mindset saved me.
I kept my sanity.
So for all of the parents that I saw and met last week, I hope that you are recouping well and know that I said a prayer for you! We parents have to stick together and encourage one another ... Otherwise "they" just might pick up on our weaknesses and exploit them!
Stand firm! Be strong! Greater is the parent in you than the kids that are in the world!
Just Around the Corner,