Family vacations are usually more stressful than relaxing, but this was one vacation I will never forget. That was a terribly cheesy opening. Can I start over? Thank you. Holy moly I went to Disney World last week! It all happened so fast that I am still trying to recover from the initial shock of it all. My love of Disney has only increased over the years, and it had been seven years since I visited the happiest place on earth. This past Monday I was able to spend the entire day at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, FL, and I’m pretty sure it was the best Monday of my life. It was all thanks to a close friend of mine, whom I hadn’t seen for eight years, though we stayed in touch even after moving apart. Seeing this sort of a “long lost friend” and running around Magic Kingdom like ten-year-olds was a day too perfect to describe, so here are several pictures instead. I tried my best to capture some of my favorite moments from the day, and I would have been able to do a lot more had I a real camera instead of just an iPhone. There was also plenty more I did than the pictures indicate, including riding as many rides as possible and meeting several of Disney World’s finest: Gaston, Tinker Bell, Cinderella’s Stepsisters, Peter Pan, Belle, Ariel, and Mary Poppins. And just like everyone’s favorite British nanny, my one short day at Disney World was practically perfect in every way.
Despite all the magic, the vacation itself was bittersweet—a mixture of unexpected surprises and unspoken sadness. Disney World was a wonderful experience to be sure, but it was only a nice bonus in comparison to the time I was able to spend with two friends of mine, friends I hadn’t seen in 7 to 8 years. Saying goodbye without any idea of when I will see them again was a heavy counterweight to my excitement. How do you describe what it’s like to suddenly be sitting next to a friend you haven’t kept in touch with for 7 years, trying to build a sandcastle on the seashore? How can I explain what it’s like, watching the waves lap up and slowly melt our little attempt at a fortress, realizing that time may be doing the same thing to my friendships? It’s a frustrating feeling. If anything, it made me cling to the moments I had, made me appreciate the chances life does allow, even when there is sorrow wrapped up in the middle of my joy.
So yes, Disney World was great.
But long lost friends are better.