Thursday, May 14, 2009

Disneyland. Really.

Yes, it's true. We took Ben to Disneyland.

I could not have imagined doing this a year ago. But Ben's ever-increasing flexibility, his growing tolerance for noise and commotion, and (especially) his love of Disney movies and characters made us reasonably confident that he was ready.

We knew that it was a bit of a crapshoot, but the odds felt like they were in our favor.

And in fact, he did great.

It might be partly because Ben is a kid who can find as much joy in running his fingers along a textured yellow line on the ground as he does on an elaborate amusement park ride.

To sum it up, I would describe our trip as:

60% exhilaration...

teacups.jpg


cinderella.jpg


wow tigger.jpg

40% perseveration...

bookstore.jpg

and zero meltdowns.

And those are some pretty good numbers.

castle.jpg

9 comments:

kristenspina said...

Hooray! We did Disney for the first time last summer, waiting, like you, for all the same reasons. And, yes, it was worth the wait, even though our son shied away from almost every ride (save the Disneyland train, the Autobahn, and the teacups).

Glad to hear you had a great time!

laurashapiro said...

Hey, congratulations! That's great, about the no meltdowns -- my NT nieces sure didn't fare as well in that department.

So glad you all had fun.

goodfountain said...

Fabulous!

I hope to report a similarly fab experience next March!

I'm really glad you had a good time (and Chris's tweets during trip were quite hilarious!).

K said...

100% Priceless
those are some GREAT numbers

Leightongirl said...

AWESOME.

Jordan said...

wonderful trip, fabulous pictures! so glad it was a success for all of you.

Anonymous said...

Ben looks charming in the pictures that were taken of him with especially the princesses! It sounds like it was a magical time at a magical place. Wonderful!!! Julie

Squid said...

This just makes my heart leap! Congratulations to you, brave mom that you are, for having faith and taking a risk and getting such a huge payoff.

Lorraine said...

It would be wonderful if grownups could find joy in the details of life like Ben finds. This phrase especially sticks with me; "Ben is a kid who can find as much joy in running his fingers along a textured yellow line on the ground as he does on an elaborate amusement park ride."