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29-01-2009, 06:48 PM #1
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Carpe Diem Feb 09 Trip - Pre Trip (serious bit)
Ok before the trip report starts properly a little bit of background, feel free to skip....
Well we're nearly there, a week today and we will be on our way to the airport to start a trip that a year ago we had no intention of taking. When I found all of you again I put up a thread about how we probably wouldn't be going to Disney again due to huge financial commitments we are about to embark upon.
Then for some reason , following a moment of pure madness I just booked the trip. To this day I still don't know what made me do it, or why I decided it should be a 'trip to end all trips' and be the most lavish and expensive ever - but it just seemed the right thing to do at the time.
Since I booked life has not been great. There have been several frankly horrific things happening at work that has made it a very unpleasant place to be. Matthew started struggling at school, several minor but no less irritating things and then, as most of you know, Lisas Mum was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer.
As a result the build up to this trip has been like none before, usually ,for me at least ,the build up and the planning is 70% of the fun of the holiday. Disney holidays like no other give joy for months beforehand, with anticipation of each and every experience, along with rekindled memories of past trips.
Unfortunately this time we weren't sure whether or not we were going to be able to go, first from a work point of view and more recently due to Lisas Mums ill health - so its all been a bit strange and TBH it still seems a bit unreal. We haven't wanted to get excited about the trip both out of fear it may not happen and also guilt of experiencing joy in the context of so much sadness.
If we were going anywhere else on earth I think we probably would have pulled the plug, but I think we NEED this fortnight more now than at any point ever before. Maybe it was fate that the trip was booked , I don't know but the timing seems to be perfect now - things are ( touch wood) stable enough for us to be away, so that it what we intend to do.
Disney magic comes in many forms and means different things to different people, but to us it has always been its ability to take us to a place that is so far removed from our day to day lives, from all the 'bad stuff' in the world, that just for a moment you can properly relax and simply enjoy the simple things like running around in the sun with your kids - Other non-Disney people ( muggles) don't understand this and simply see it as a hectic run around a theme park between rides, but I know you all know what I'm talking about.
It is so so much more than that.
The only concern is the mobile phone, a blessing but also a curse. Ou eyes will slide to it constantly i'm sure, and I hope the importance of our time alone together is appreciated.
One last thing before normal service is resumed, I would like to thank you all for your part in this.
If I hadn't found you all again I doubt we would be going.
Your help, advice and caring thoughts are pure magic and help me every single day.
I also want you to know how much your mere 'presence' has enhanced my life again, I have smiled and laughed more in the last few months than in the years since we parted, I truly feel part of this fantastic family.
I know I have been bleating on about it for weeks now but I am committed to Carpe Diem now more than ever - I was talking to my dad last week and he was saying 'yeah but if you were told your time was short you'd have regrets about things you haven't done. Everyone would' - I thought about this long and hard and d'ya know what - I don't think I would , not one bit - and long may it continue......
Sorry to ramble on but I wanted to get that out of the way at the start of the report.
Now let the usual silliness commence
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