Recently, our youngest daughter and I took a mom/daughter trip to Walt Disney World…woo hoo! I really felt this was some thing that the Lord put on my heart to do especially for her. You see, we have had some good but very major transitions take place in our house. Our eldest daughter graduated high school and entered the university as a freshman, and our son transferred to the same university from our local community college as a junior. Because our college freshman lives on campus, this has impacted her little sister greatly. No longer can she just pop in her sister’s room to have conversation or watch the last favorite video on Youtube, nor is her brother as available as he used to be to hang out because his workload has increased. All this has caused a shift in our everyday routines and in our emotions, and we both needed something fun to focus on.
We decided to visit Disney, a place that has a lot of fun and pleasant memories for our family. This afforded us time to play, talk, and make some new memories. We had a ball, and we will never forget the time that we had, just us together. Along with the fun, came some good lessons for my soul, allow me to share them with you 🙂
It is big fun to spend time with one of my children. I am a momma hen, and I love LOVE to spend time as a family, with all 3 of our offspring under one roof. We are a close fam, and so we are used to doing most things together. However, I am learning the value of spending time with each young person individually…and it is fun to do! My daughter had my undivided attention the whole trip, and I had hers. We got to do things that were special to us, like taking a ride on Imagination and flying with Peter Pan. And we had conversations just between us. We created new inside jokes that only we will understand, and we had quiet moments to just enjoy each other’s company.
Disney is fun for two. Yep, it’s true. As much as a visit to WDW is exciting (and exhausting at times) in a big group, doing the World as a duo is just as much enjoyment, if not more. Why? We found that we could make a plan and execute it well. We knew what time we had to get up, how much time it would take us to shower and get ready, where we would eat breakfast and how long it would take, and then we could be on our way to the Parks. We worked together as a team to make sure we each got to do what was on our list for Epcot and the Magic Kingdom..yay!
Moving two is just a tad easier than moving a big group, and we were able to make up our plans on the fly. One evening after a visit to Disney Springs, we decided to hop a bus and tag on a stop at one of our favorite resorts, just because we wanted to see it. And when we got tired, we just took a moment to slow down and take a break. We didn’t have to be concerned with holding anyone else up from seeing something they wanted to see.
My daughter is a very cool person. Sometimes it is difficult to see the maturity of your child in the day-to-day routine of life. Many times I feel like I say the same thing about the same thing over and over, and I wonder if what I say is really sinking in. Well, during this trip, I got to see just how mature my sweetheart of a daughter really is. Because we had time to talk as we were having fun, I got the chance to really hear her heart, how she thinks. She definitely has her own opinions, goals, and dreams. She is such a caring person, and she demonstrated that several times by making sure that I was okay and had what I needed on the plane, in the Parks, etc. And my daughter is funny! She made me laugh out loud many times, including while we got caught in a soaking rainstorm at Epcot. She helped me to see that in the scheme of things, being rained on at Disney is certainly not the worst thing that can happen, not by a mile.
I feel like our relationship grew by leaps and bounds, simply by taking the time to travel together, and I am grateful to God for that. It’s funny how He will use something simple and fun to build something more in our lives. And this trip definitely gave us something different to focus on as we weather the shifts going on in our home!
What have you learned from fun times with one of your children?