I really enjoyed Disney World growing up (and all the other Central Florida theme parks as a Florida native). We would go several times a year to various theme parks, we would rotate season passes and we did end of year school trips. It was fun.
But I wasn’t really obsessed with Disney- it wasn’t a passion like it is now.
This changed because of my mother in law.
Months after getting married, she was in a life changing accident that left her wheelchair bound and with only one useful limb. We also welcomed our first child at our one year anniversary- and he was a medically complex baby that had a rare life changing allergy.
So where could we vacation?
I remember going to Mickeys Very Merry Christmas that next year- what a blast! My mother in law could ride in her wheelchair on many of the rides, my son could have safe meals prepared by caring chefs.
So we planned a trip to Disney World- like a two week trip. Something fun where we could spend our time together.
But shortly after the Christmas Party she got very sick and so we pushed the vacation to the spring and that eventually was pushed to the summer and then it turned to NEXT summer because she would be going out of state for cancer treatment.
She talked about all the trips she wanted to have with her grandkids. How they would have special trips with their lala. We would sit there and look stuff up as we watched hallmark movies, trying to figure out ada accommodations and how to do things with a wheelchair. My husband and I took our son to Disney- but it would be a whole new adventure to plan a week there with someone in a wheelchair (we live less than an hour away)
And I think part of the reason our oldest still loves Mickey so much is because of the bond they shared. His grandma watched countless hours of Mickey Mouse clubhouse, she had the song memorized, she even put a spare room together for when we visited that was Mickey Mouse themed. She loved that little boy very much- and they loved Mickey Mouse.
Ok- gonna stop here because I’m crying but there’s more.
Ok- let me pick up and finish this- there’s no way I can edit it right now so I’m just gonna get it out.
My mother in law was extremely optimistic despite the bad prognosis- she dreamed of a Disney trip with her grandson (and now granddaughter who was less than a year).
So we officially planned a trip with a travel agent and set it up for June.
We were going! It was all set.
But she was sick, and she was worried. What if it’s too hot? What if the rides aren’t fun? What if what if?
So we pushed it back to August. (See the pattern here- year over year it kept getting pushed back)
By August she was very sick, and we pushed it to October. She kept hoping she would feel better.
During that time we found out some good news! Her daughter was expecting a baby.
My mother in law was overjoyed. Both her kids would have grand babies and we could have such fun family Disney trips. She dreamed about it, and it was one of the reoccurring things we talked about. Disney world trips and Disney cruises! How fun!
She couldn’t wait to see their faces when they saw Mickey, how much fun we would all have eating yummy treats and hanging out for a week straight. It really was a magical thought.
The story doesn’t have a happy ending though.
We never got our trip.
She passed November 5th and I started this blog right after thanksgiving.
Because I missed it- I missed the opportunity to go. I don’t even know why. Fear maybe? Stress? Maybe I was too busy. I know she was stressed and worried about not enjoying the weather.
But those are silly reasons not to go.
I want you to take the trip. I want you to make the memories.
I want to prevent others from making the same mistake.
Wether it’s Disney or not Disney, I want people of all colors and backgrounds and ages to enjoy each other.
I wish I had.
I wish we had gone to Disney like my mother in law dreamed about.
Take the trip, make the memories.
It’s worth it.