Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A Jolly Holiday

Well my bags are packed, I'm ready to go ...

I like a good turn of phrase and I vastly prefer the Brits' going on holiday to our vacation. Of course, holiday is one of my favorite words and you are forgiven for thinking I'm a UU because it opens up a world of holidays. It's not quite true, but it is an excellent perk, I'll give you that.

I still have a few odds and ends to pack, CoolMax socks and gel insoles to pick up. A last Weight Watchers meeting before I go to The Land of a Million Points.

But we are ready to go on holiday, ready for Little Warrior's wish to come true. Ever since learning that we would be going to Disney-Universal-Sea-World, I've been studying for it, as if it's a class I can get graded on. My head and my multitudinous lists are full of hints and tips. If they work out, I'll post them all here. Things like, "If there are several lines, go to the left, it'll be shorter. Americans instinctively go right."

Hmm.

So here we go, Snow White, Prince Charming, and the Four Dwarfs -- Freaky, Silly, Quirky and Wacky. Just your average family.

When Make-a-Wish comes calling, usually the first conversation involves explaining that sorry, but Make-a-Wish can't make the kid's biggest wish come true -- to be well.

For Little Warrior, this wasn't an issue. She was off-chemo and as she told everyone including strangers in the grocery store, "Cancer is over." But we still had to have A Conversation with her because her biggest wish was "to be a grownup." Not in any sort of sad, plucky, "I want to grow up" way. No, she wants to be a grownup NOW. Give me the keys, Mom. When I explained that MAW couldn't do that, ooo-eee, she cut her eyes at me. She knew they could, I just wasn't letting them. There goes Mom again, harshing her buzz.

Regular life is a holiday and I'm enjoying living it. I'm enjoying going to the grocery store and watching LW walk her siblings down the driveway each morning. (She seems to change the goodbye every week. Last week, it was "Goodbye, Lollipops!" This week, it's "Goodbye, Pirates!")

Happy Holidays.

2 comments:

ms. kitty said...

Have an absolutely terrific time, LE! We'll be awaiting the stories when you get back.

Ms. Theologian said...

I hope you have a great time on holiday, and your children are adorable!