20 plus years ago, when my children were 5 and 7 we traveled to Walt Disney World. Breakfast with Mickey, the Electric Light Parade, the fireworks and the whole shebang – we did it all. But hands down, the most flawless moment of entertainment was the one that took me perfectly by surprise and probably cost Disney about $1.
It happened when my daughter’s shoe came untied just inside the entrance into Cinderella’s castle. Bored and easily distracted I started looking around at the crowds and amazing architecture when I noticed a window in the second level of the castle. As I was thinking about how elaborate it was to build a prop with that much detail the curtain started to move.
It was the WITCH! From her perch inside the castle she leeringly locked eyes with me. Me, standing there frozen and not believing that this extraordinary event was happening for only me. I was breathless!
Standing dumbstruck I was afraid to look away for fear of losing the moment to eternity when I finally broke away and yelled to my wife,
“THERE! In the window!!!”
Where? What? She replied.
I looked back and she was gone.
We stood there another 10 minutes waiting for her to return. The kids kept wanting to go and I wouldn’t let them leave this newly claimed holy ground. It HAD to happen again, soon.
I had to rectify my want for more with the solace that it was uniquely and wonderfully only ever going to happen for me, once. That Disney. They’re freakin’ awesome!! Don’t you love being surprised when you think you can’t?
Making a moment of “wow” doesn’t mean spending $50,000 a day on fireworks displays. It means creating the unexpected perfection of a personal treat.