Friday, November 29, 2013

Love is in the Details

Not a lot of running lately and the kiddos have been keeping me super busy.  But I did want to take a pause to mention the best part of our recent family vacation to Walt Disney World.  Although the characters, parades, shows, and rides knock our socks off, the best part of this vacation wasn't any of the above.  It was the loving details.

A vacation to WDW is not (at least in our experience) something that is casually planned or even relaxing.  It's action packed and the logistics of taking a 3 year old, 1 year old, two sets of grandparents, aunt, uncle, and aunt's significant other was at time pure insanity but was so worth it for the fun and memories.  Everyone else around us had also put in a lot of time, effort, and money for a great vacation, which is A LOT of pressure to put on an experience.  This could make for emotional and testy people (which we did see there, but very much the minority).  Instead, I observed heartwarming loving details that was absolutely infectious and made for a WONDERFUL time.

So what were these loving details?  It was us getting to the streets in the Magic Kingdom not as early as we should for a good viewing area for the evening electrical parade and a stranger getting off his curbside spot and standing behind his kids so that my kids could have a good view.  It was my dad being so touched by that gesture that he did the same for an afternoon parade for the kids of a sweet Canadian family.  It's the cast members who go above and beyond to make the visitors feel like they're cared for.  Like the shop keeper who rushed to console a special needs teenager who burst into tears after spilling a soda with both a kind hug and the offer to get a new treat.  Like the food court worker who saw my husband struggling to be patient with our hungry 3 year old while ordering our lunch and asked if a C-O-O-K-I-E would help and donated it to our cause.  Like the cast member working at the Mad Tea Party who whisked me into the ride after I'd caught up to our family after changing my daughter's diaper so that I could ride it for the first time with my husband.  Simple acts of kindness and caring that warmed that heart and made you smile.

This doesn't even scratch the surface of what I witnessed and experienced in less than a week that delighted me, but it was most definitely a good time to be had.