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December 2, 2013

CRIB NOTES: Getting your money's worth at Disney World

Tonawanda News — Orlando, Fla. — Having the ability to type that dateline preceding this column didn’t come cheaply. Getting here cost a lot, and then life got kinda expensive once we started spending time in the Sunshine State. Mouse ears can’t be had cheaply.

And what do you pay for, really? The lines can be ridiculously long, the walking is incessant and the children are often ungrateful and cranky. When you actually write down a pro/con list to such a vacation, the cons win in a landslide.

But, just like in football, life doesn’t play out on paper. There are certain moments that happen on vacation that simply can’t be priced.

Like the first time you see your son truly, wholly captivated by something. Watching Rigby marvel at the etchings in the Disney’s Hollywood Studios animation gallery, I could see that he was inspired for the first time — not “inspired” as in “inspired to throw his brand new, theme park-priced Buzz Lightyear toy off a moving vehicle” but moved in a life-altering fashion. He immediately needed to buy a pen (he didn’t even care if it was a princess pen, but a clerk pointed us to Mickey Mouse pens) and sat down with a piece of paper. He hopped up and beamed five minutes later, trembling in a way that makes the observer unsure whether something really good or something really bad is occurring.

“Daddy! I drew Mickey!”

The doodle did indeed resemble The Mouse.

“Great job, buddy.”

“Daddy? I want to be a drawer when I grow up.”

The English language being the disaster it is, I will specify he meant an artist (he didn’t know that word and said “draw-er” as in one who draws; he by no means intends to spend life holding people’s clean clothes or cutlery). Anyway ...

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