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Spring Break

“Lisa, you just lost your hard drive, and your husband just lost his job! What are you going to do?”

“We’re going to Disneyland!!!”

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The trip is bought and paid for, so we’re going.

We will frolic.

We will eat Mickey Mouse-ears-shaped food.

We will wait in lines but we won’t mind because we’ll be at the Happiest Place on Earth.

We will wear funny hats and get splashed on wet rides and scream on the rollercoasters.

We will get that song stuck in our heads.

Last time we went to Disneyland, I had been filling in for a co-worker for three months at work, so I was totally stressed out and really looking forward to our vacation. I kept picturing us at that cute little ice cream parlor on Main Street, leisurely enjoying our treats and people-watching while we rested from non-stop stimuli.

Of course, anyone who’s been to Disneyland knows that the eateries are usually packed, and getting a table is hit-or-miss. But I persisted in my vision.

And sure enough, on our second or third day, we stopped at the ice cream parlor very early in the day, before most people were in the mood for frozen stuff. I snapped this photo of an empty parlor, looking for all the world like a Gibson Girl might stroll through at any moment. I sometimes call it up in my mind’s eye when I want to visualize an oasis in the middle of chaos. *

I’m curious to see whether the park will be as crowded as in years past. With so many people in financial straits, I wonder if we will enjoy shorter lines and plenty of free tables in the eateries. While that might be convenient, it will also be disheartening. After all, a place like Disneyland should be bursting with happy families and cozy couples holding hands and grandparents taking grandkids on their first magical vacation. There should be flocks of little girls wanting Ariel’s autograph and little boys crowding around Buzz Lightyear. The army of Disney employees should be kept busy, quietly and invisibly making the experience as wonderful as it has been for over 50 years. No one wants to see a lonely pirate, or a cotton candy maker standing idly by.

If we had known my husband was going to be laid off a few months ago, we would not be heading off for our adventure right now. So I’m glad we didn’t know.

I want one more trip to the Happiest Place on Earth while my son is still a kid.

* You can’t really see the crystal elephant in my photo, so I found one online:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3058/2831622989_5636896eec.jpg?v=0

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lillpluta
Mar. 19th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
Have fun!!!


lkmadigan
Mar. 19th, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Kay!
jenny_moss
Mar. 19th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
Forget about everything else and have a GREAT time!!!
lkmadigan
Mar. 19th, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Jenny, we will!

You have fun w/ Erin - I'm envious!
soniag
Mar. 19th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)
Have a FABULOUS time! Can't wait to hear about all your magical adventures!
latteya
Mar. 19th, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC)
I hope you have a FABULOUS time!
robinellen
Mar. 19th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
I love it! I'm so glad you're going -- I hope it's truly a wonderful, joyous time :)
jamarattigan
Mar. 19th, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
Have a great time!! Eat some ice cream for me.
sookie06
Mar. 19th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
Oh the Magic Kingdom! My husband worked the popcorn stand as a teen :o) I hope you have an absolutely fantastic time.
lisa_schroeder
Mar. 19th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you didn't know too. You guys need this vacation and you know there won't be any regrets! Say hi to Cinderella for me!!
sbennettwealer
Mar. 19th, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, Lisa! I didn't know he got laid off - I'm sorry if I missed that post/email and missed an opportunity to send a hug your way. I hope you guys have a wonderful time at Disney, and I hope your husband finds something new and better soon!

Thinking of you - so sorry you have to deal with that stress!
tracyworld
Mar. 19th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
Have a great time. And remember, it's a small world, after all.

HA HA HA HA........
bluemalibu
Mar. 19th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
(((((((HUGS))))))))))


Yes, enjoy the Disney magic.

And when you are through, I hope magic finds your family and that everything is A-OK as soon as possible
azang
Mar. 19th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
I hope you and your family have a wonderful time, enjoy!
kellyrfineman
Mar. 19th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
Have a great trip!
laurasmagicday
Mar. 19th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
AWwwww. Enjoy! And be sure to make a wish:)
beedeecee
Mar. 19th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
a friend took her kid yesterday and said it was packed on a Wednesday afternoon. could have been a fluke, though. i hope you have so much fun! i lived in LA for 6 years and never once made it to disneyland. still kicking myself over that one, considering how much i love the 'World ...
lkmadigan
Mar. 27th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
It WAS packed!

No sign of an economic downturn at Disneyland ...

Aw, you should go, next time you're in L.A.
deva_fagan
Mar. 20th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
I hope you have a wonderful time and have as much fun as you possibly can!

And serendipitously, that picture you posted is perfect inspiration for a scene I am working on right now! Yay! Thank you!
lkmadigan
Mar. 27th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
Wow, you're welcome! Glad to help. :-)
writerross
Mar. 20th, 2009 07:38 am (UTC)
You are meant to be where you are.
Maybe you can make a wish upon a star and... g-d I hope things get better for you and all of us soon. {}

-Pamela
lkmadigan
Mar. 27th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Pamela.


laverick
Mar. 20th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
A trip to Disneyland sounds much needed and much deserved. I hope you guys have a fabulous time!
dampscribbler
Mar. 24th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
My only Disney icon at the moment, must correct that....
Well, if anyone here is wondering about the answer to your crowds question, we can together assure them that Disneyland is still packed with people! :-) It sure was a fun surprise to run into you, hope the rest of your vacation went great, too!
lkmadigan
Mar. 27th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
Re: My only Disney icon at the moment, must correct that....
That was so weird and funny!!
(Anonymous)
Mar. 28th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
I looooooovvvvve Disneyland! Hope you are having -- or had -- a wonderful time!!!
-Laini
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