We crossed the street and continued down the next block as the older girl continued to chatter to her parents and grandparents. As we reached the end of the next block, she looked across the street and saw the sign that signaled you had arrived at Disneyland and she understood that it was near. I heard her beg to go in and her mother say, “maybe next year”. That was when I realized that she had no idea that she was about to enter the happiest place on earth.
I wanted to stay close to this 6 or 7 year old to witness her reaction. I had told my husband that she was about to find out she was going to Disneyland and that I wanted to see it happen. As the crowd surged across the street, we were separated and I was disappointed. Then came a break in the crowd. Just a few feet ahead I saw the little girl, brown hair bouncing and pink skirt twirling. She had just figured out that she didn’t have to wait until next year. She was going to Disneyland today. Joyous cries of “thank you daddy” echoed in my ears. As her family stopped to have their bags checked, our family ended up right behind her. Her beaming daddy told us that she had just been surprised that she was going to Disneyland. Several hours later, we passed a stroller with a beautiful little one sound asleep. However, her big sister with bouncing hair and twirling pink skirt was still dancing in delight to be in Disneyland.
As I think of this happy time, I am reminded of some words from long ago:
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him?” (Matt. 7:11 – NKJV)