Bennett is our child that loves to anticipate events, but maybe doesn’t fully enjoy the event because it never lives up to his expectations. It’s a constant struggle. He’s been anticipating a trip to Disneyland for some time now. He knew both of his older siblings went when they turned 7 years old and he was hoping his time was coming. He’s been talking non-stop for a while now and I just hoped when he finally did go it would be everything he was hoping it to be.
We surprised him last week with the one-day trip, a week before his birthday and he was both shocked and excited. It lived up to every expectation he had. Every ride was better than the last. Every smell was delicious and we didn’t hear a single complaint from him in the whole 10 miles we walked that day. He loved the one-on-one attention and was agreeable to everything. I know many people like to take their families to Disneyland and as I watched those parents juggle the kids and the gear I was grateful to have a single backpack and one kid to keep happy. We love this tradition and I think the kids are fond of it as well.
One day we’ll have older kids and we’ll be able to tackle it as a family, until then, we’ll enjoy the day as a family of three.