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A Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from Captain's Quarters! As we continue our vacation, I can't help but to think how blessed I am for my life and my family, even with all of our problems and challenges. Sometimes I think my life truly started when I got married ten years ago, even though I joke that it seems like 20, which usually earns me a slap on the arm.
Yesterday we spent a great day at Disneyland. Now, I grew up in Orange County; I went to Disneyland (and Knott's Berry Farm) about a thousand times when I was growing up, so except for the newly added attractions, it's been old hat for me whenever I go back. But my sister works for Disney -- we get in free, and so we've usually gone there on every trip back to California. At the end of the day, we've always had a lot to joke about: all the commercialism, the cheesy music, the prices (we pay for the food & merchandise!), the crowds, and the silly parades.
This time, though, we took the Little Admiral, even though at 18 months I thought she was a little too young to enjoy Disneyland. I was wrong. She loved Disneyland, the rides, the big characters walking around, and all of the sights and sounds I have been taking for granted. I got video of her riding Dumbo with Mommy and Daddy, and saw the surprise and delight in her eyes when that elephant took off at the beginning of the ride. We have video of her laughing and running up to Minnie and Goofy and giving them hugs (and I thought they'd frighten her -- ha!). Best of all, I got to hold her during two showings of the holiday parade and watch her as she saw Santa at the end, waving and saying "hi", and completely enraptured by the music. And there's nothing better than holding your granddaughter like that while she's in such delight of the world around her.
So, on Thanksgiving, I'm thinking that while it's good to be cynical with government and politics, perhaps I should be less so with the other things in life: family, friends, and places like Disneyland, where a young girl can be delighted with sounds, sights, music, and just being alive in the middle of a whole lot that's good and wonderful. Yesterday, "The Happiest Place on Earth" was not just a slogan, and you know what? I am so thankful I got to be there to see it.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. May your day be filled with wonder and goodness.Sphere It View blog reactions
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