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This week, my husband said the sexiest words I’ve ever heard to me: “Let’s book a trip to Disney World!” I’m completely serious when I tell you that those words are like my-husband-cooking-and-doing-the-dishes level porn to my ears.
About 10 years ago, when I was a single mom and my son was only 8-years-old, we saved every bit of change from our broke-ass lives and went to Disney World. It was the very first time for both of us. The day we left, he came down with the flu. He slept the first two days of our five-day trip. We had a good day and a half of easy-going activities until I became sick with the same debilitating flu. That was our trip.
Luckily we were able to make the most of the two days, and I’ve been able to go back once or twice since for press trips.
This month, my now 18-year-old son graduates high school and next month, he leaves for Army basic training. Just like that, he’s grown up and gone. I feel like he’s been in my life forever and not long enough at the same time. From now on, our family vacations will be minus one and it nearly breaks my heart.
Yesterday, my husband telling me that we’re going to Disney World made me feel a bit better.
We’re planning on going when the crowds aren’t too busy because I suffer from anxiety, especially with large crowds, and I don’t want my daughter to be overwhelmed during her visit to the Happiest Place on Earth. This means that we’ll be taking her during the school year.
Having raised a son until the ripe ol’ age of adulthood, I realize moments that we missed or opportunities of which we didn’t take full advantage. He was lucky enough to join me for 3 official blogging press trips; my daughter has yet to join me on one. This isn’t a matter of fairness, however; it’s realizing that time spent with your kids, even if it means they’re missing a few days of school here and there, is the most important thing you can do in their life.
Not only is this special trip during the time when school is in session, but it’s also the same month as her 8th birthday. She’s in second grade, she is intelligently advanced for her age, and learns quickly so as of right now, and especially at her age, we have no qualms about taking her out of school. At an older age, maybe we’d feel differently, but I doubt it. If she wasn’t doing well in school, I would most definitely feel differently about taking her out of class.
All feelings and special moments aside, Disney parks have so many amazing activities and events planned throughout the year, mostly during the time that kids are in school. This means that we can’t be the only parents who take their kids out of school for a trip to the Magic Kingdom. But, we do realize that it’s a controversial subject so we ask that you respect our decision.
This year, instead of spending another birthday at home, we’ll be celebrating our baby’s 8th birthday at Walt Disney World and that’s a memory worth missing a few days of school for!