If you’re where I’m at in this scenario, you’re wishing it weren’t true. You wish every single person was safe, physically and financially. You’re also wishing your life was back to normal. These things aren’t mutually exclusive and I’m going to just go ahead and say it…
It’s not selfish to miss your normal life.
Our normal life was bouncing around Walt Disney World together as a family and I miss it. Yesterday I was longing to take my daughter for a walk around Animal Kingdom, dancing and playing with her. I wanted to see her huge Mickey hugs and her awe of the larger-than-life Kevin. We could have come home to meet my husband and then walked around Epcot as a family, enjoying the flowers at Flower and Garden Festival, my favorite time of year. But instead it felt like the walls were closing in on us as we escaped the love bugs on our patio and read the same book we’ve read almost every day multiple times.
Disney isn’t just a place that is fun for kids or a place that makes a good vacation (although in my opinion it’s those things as well – I’ve never had an easier vacation with kids than at Disney). It is a place where families gather and create memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. And so much more.
What I Miss
- Walking the Safaris in Animal Kingdom, getting myself exercise and sunshine and teaching my daughter
- The smiling faces of Cast Members reminding me that in this season of being a stay at home mom to a young child, it’s okay. Those moments where they’d play peek a boo and I could feel the pressure taken off even for a few minutes.
- Sweet luxuries like a Starbucks latte to start my day or a dole whip to cool me off
- The smile, giggle and wonder of my daughter while she rode on the Little Mermaid Ride
- Watching my daughter around Elsa and Anna, her copying their every move because they are the people she looks up to the most
- Super close snuggles on Frozen Ever After ride as Marshmallow blew us down
- My husband stealing a kiss while my daughter was happy, entertained and playing and we had a brief moment to ourselves
- Crying at the fireworks because I used to wish upon a star for my daughter and now I have her. Somehow everything about Disney reminds me how lucky I am to have my family, but especially the fireworks
What I Look Forward To
- Hearing the joyous songs on Main Street that give an energy to my day
- Riding the Jungle Cruise and hearing all the punny jokes
- Sitting in the Tiki Room remembering my own childhood wonder
- Seeing my daughter’s childhood wonder come to life right in front of me
- Having our Family Fun Night at Hollywood Studios, dancing together like no one is watching
- Celebrating birthdays and the excitement of Cast Members adding to our celebration by wishing us well
- Finding magic moments that you can’t ever predict, they just happen
- Living my happily ever after with my favorite people, our family and friends
So, no, in my opinion it is NOT selfish to miss Disney or to be mourning the family vacation you had planned. Please don’t let anyone make you feel badly for how you feel! There are many families that have more difficult situations. Truly, my heart goes out to families effected and for example Make a Wish families and those that had planned to be at Give Kids the World. The work they do there is absolutely amazing and you can see more on the fantastic things they do here.
You can give your heart to others and your own heart can still ache for your own situation at the same time. It’s not selfish. It’s normal.
Do you miss Disney too? What do you look forward to doing when you go? Let me know in the comments.