Disney Moments

cinderella-castle

A trip to Disney brings too many memorable moments to mention.

But there are those moments, the unexpected ones, that will resonate long after the suitcases have been unpacked.

Such as the bubbling excitement of our children at the first glimpse of Epcot’s Spaceship Earth and Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella Castle.

There was the hand-holding and hugs from our usually reserved son, and the way he discovered his “inner child”.

When my daughter spotted Minnie Mouse, and the way she braved the roller coasters even though she had sworn she wouldn’t get on one.

There were the little moments, shared with our family of fourteen…

The cheerful “good mornings” of my little nephew, through the railing on the floor above us. The teasing from his five-year old brother and giggles at our jokes. There were the moments my son and his cousin walked arm in arm on the way to rides, and my daughter and her cousin grinned at the animatronics of “it’s a small world.” There was also watching my parents watch their daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren have the time of their lives.

And so many more moments, big and small.

Apple Picking

apple picking

On our trip to Ontario, we took the kids apple picking.

Endless rows of apple trees lined the fields; each tree bursting with ripe fruit. Thousands of apples for the taking.

The kids took turns climbing onto their father’s shoulders, reaching for the highest, reddest apples they could find. We filled a barrel to bring home: apple pie, apple crisp, apple muffins…

And we savoured the sweet, crisp taste of apples straight from the tree.

On the Road

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There is so much to see while driving: the road a crevice in the landscape of trees, the expanse of blue sky above, snaking rivers below.

I enjoy the ride as much as the arrival.

Music and conversation fill the car. Scenes slip by on either side of the road.

The moment I loved the best on this ride was the music coming from the back seat: Our children singing a duet from “Teen Beach Movie”. My husband and I sat grinning in the front seat while they sang song after song, word for word.

This is the moment I will remember.