By Diane Ako
The trip was challenging. While everyone was tolerant and nice to each other, the various health issues and the weather really made it tough. Our saving grace was having Uncle Tootie to lean on.
Things that happened on this trip:
-Sinus infection. In the middle of the night.
-General head colds
-Scooter driving issues
Claus and I were exhausted after the week, our illnesses exacerbated by having to think all the time as the group leaders. My parents felt it best if we called the shots because I'd been to the parks last year and knew my way around, and probably because we are younger and theoretically more energetic.
Theory is not always reality. My 82 year old mom, the oldest one, was the healthiest and the most energetic. Often, it was she who wanted to leave the park last. Go, Mom! Cute, that they both wanted to ride every ride possible.
My parents were very sweet and repeatedly appreciative, and despite the hardships, I'm really glad I got to have this time with them, to see them bond more with Olivia, and be amused at the sight of them being a kid again on the rides. They were real troopers in the rain, too. So on the bright side, positive things include:
-Great family time
-It rained, but at least it wasn't hot.
-Short lines at the parks
-Seeing old friends
-Bonus round of seeing old friends on last day!
-Made it back in one piece
-Got to finally stay at Grand Californian Hotel, which I've been dying to since I first saw it! It did not disappoint. It's totally worth it!
-Lost two pounds. Can fit slacks again.
An article in the October 10 edition of Time magazine entitled Happy Money says "spending on experiences like leisure and travel or on friends and loved ones offers longer-term bang for the luck. The reason? Such pursuits enhance the feelings of meaning and social connection that undergird happiness."
So yes. I'm happy. I'm happy I went, and I want to return again and check out all the rides we didn't see, plus a return to our favorites.
And the bonus: I'm really happy to be back!
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