Sunday, December 13, 2009
Life is short, but the memory is long
We went to Disney World in May 2009. In case you've lost track, it's now December 2009, 7 months later. Grandma and Grandpa were thrilled to be taking Dominic and Cate on their first-ever trip to Disney World and witness their joy at having lunch with Winnie the Pooh, riding on Dumbo, and seeing fireworks shoot off Cinderella's castle. While Matt and I were excited, we were also a little skeptical about how much they would remember from the trip. In any case, it would be fun while we were there, for sure. And indeed, they had a superb time, regardless of how long the memories would last.
A few days ago, however, Dominic through me for a loop. I opened up the December issue of Real Simple, which my dear friend so kindly mailed from the US to Italy as a surprise, and found an insert about Disney World. I guess they have a promo right now that if you volunteer for one day at an approved organization, you can get one day's free admission. Not a bad deal! Anyway, Dominic wanted to see what I was looking at, so I showed him the picture of the castle. "Do you know what this is?" He responds, "Yeah. It's Mickey's castle. Remember? Dreams come True!"
Wow. He really did remember a lot from that trip. Not only did he remember the castle and who he saw there (he also talks about Cinderella, Peter Pan, and Snow White dancing), he remembers what they told him to say. All together now, "Dreams come True!" As corny as it seemed to me, it seems like it truly was a magical moment for Dominic. He still remembers it 7 months later after we certainly had not talked about it once. Wow. I guess it's encouraging to know that all the experiences we're having and the memories we're making here in Italy are not for naught.