Sunday, March 11, 2012

It's For Them

Disneyland last year, look at Hazels feet- not even touching the ground
Flashback: When I was a little girl, my family and I went to the store. My eye was caught by a wedding dress there that would fit a beloved doll of mine. I begged for it, and I cried too, I wasn't trying to manipulate my parents, I really needed it. My dad explained that mom could sew me an even better wedding dress for my doll but in my childish fashion, I wanted THAT one.
My parents went down the isle a little way to discuss, I eavesdropped. I remember hearing that my mom didn't want to give in, then hearing my dad say that if I thought that dress would truly make me happy then they should get it for me.

In one of the few battles I ever remember winning, my parents relented graciously and bought the over priced, mom-can-sew-a-better-one wedding dress. All of my sisters were at the store and they bought that dress for only me (of course I had to share it). I don't remember the others getting anything. Believe me when I say, we were not spoiled children. That is why this experience affected me so profoundly. I was so grateful. That little victory was my special day.

Flashback Again: Before the babies were born, I worried about how it would be for Hazel and CC with 3 babies at home. As a mother, I have a strong desire to give my children life experiences. Talking with Nathan, we decided we should do a fun vacation. Grammy Pammy's cousin, Kathy works at Disneyland and had an 'in" so six months pregnant with triplets we took off for Disneyland.

Pride and kinship with Tinkerbell
Simpering overpowering can't-even-stand-it-I-just-met-Rosetta at Disneyland (Tinkerbell)
I got to ride Dumbo and the Teacups, oh, and my motorized wheelchair that I accidentally ran Hazel over with
The girls wanted to visit the princesses over and over,  N8 wanted to poke his eyes out with a dull fork. There were so many other things to see and do. I didn't want us to be one of those parents that pushed and pushed to get to the next thing or jump in the next line. I remembered the wedding dress experience when I was a child. Let them have their day. It's for them. If they want to stand in line for princesses 3 times in one day, let them, this is what they want, it is for them. I don't want them to look back and think, Oh that was horrible, my parents pushed and pushed.

  At Disneyland, Hazel wanted to pet goats for about an hour, I think it felt safe to her after all the overwhelming excitement of getting there

2 comments:

  1. I loved this post about Disneyland!
    Happiest place on EARTH is an honest fact.

    I love the post about the girls going to Claires too. So cute!

    I was at the store the other day and bought a little something something princess related for both of the girls. Spencer thinks I'm living my childhood vicariously through them. I figured if I wanted these princess items, and I couldn't get away with it, I'd get them for the girls :)

    Love you Sherry I cant WAIT to see you this week!

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  2. Sherry! I don't think I've seen you for over a dozen years! It looks like you're busy with all your gorgeous kiddies. You put Wonder Woman to shame!
    Love the limo. It doesn't surprise me one bit to discover this is your mode of transportation! =) You're so fun.

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