Today I won't be putting my feet up and reading all the lovely blogs that take part in Sian's Storytelling Sunday - because instead I shall be earning blisters on my feet wandering around Disneyland Paris, having a lovely time I hope! If you'd like to read more tales today, then head to 'From High in the Sky' here, and enjoy. I shall enjoy having a read when I return!
Thinking about going to Disneyland Paris has made me recall previous holidays to theme parks. Today I thought I'd tell you one of the stories that I've remembered...
It was 2002, apparently the year when I decided bum-bags (fanny packs to those in the USA) should really make a fashion comeback, and I donned one with pride on a three week holiday to Florida, with my then boyfriend (now husband) and In-Laws to be. Here's a photo of me and hubby looking ever so stylish at the entrance to the Universal Studios theme park:
The holiday had it's ups and downs, as we'd only been together a year, and spending three weeks away in a different country with your boyfriend's parents who you don't know that well is bound to come with a few niggles! But we were having fun for the most part, and enjoying the parks.
On this day I was feeling a little grumpy though, as it was incredibly hot, and I wanted to go to a waterpark, but hubby's family don't 'do' waterparks. I did enjoy the rides at Universal, especially Spiderman, but I was annoyed because my neck was hurting (I get quite a sore neck sometimes) so I couldn't go on the ride again, or on any of the other fast rides. So we were wandering around, looking at things to buy.
I spotted a stall stamping designs on to silver pendants. I walked over and had a look at the patterns, and I immediately fell in love with a picture of a winged horse flying into the clouds, as it reminded me of a picture I had on my wall at home, and it made me dream of magical things. You could get a second picture stamped on the back of the pendant too - I thought I'd like a triskelion symbol on the back. I showed boyfriend the designs I liked. Then I saw the price. Way too much for us to afford. So I sighed and we moved on.
Later that day, as we were leaving the park, I had a change of heart. I hadn't stopped thinking about the pendant and I decided I should just blow all my spending money on it. I turned to go back. But boyfriend talked me out of it. He said I should save my money as I might see something else I'd like, that I'd regret it if I got it. I argued a little but then gave in, and we returned to out accommodation, with me in a bit of a huff in a 'I know you're right but I still don't like it' kind of way!
I was a bit grouchy all evening, because of the heat, my neck pain, and the thoughts of the pendant that I didn't have. Until I went to bed, and there, under my pillow, was the pendant:
Lovely boyfriend had snuck off and bought it for me when I wasn't looking, hence him having to talk me out of buying it, I'd have had two! I was very impressed with his cunning and gift buying skills.
I will be wearing the pendant this weekend, I always try to wear it when I'm away from home. I think of it as my travelling charm. Everytime I wear it I smile to think of the way it was purchased, and how much I love my husband for his wonderfullness!
Have a lovely Sunday, x
NB: I'd like to add that I've read through this story and I've realised it makes me sound like a spoiled brat. I'm not that bad honest! I do get grumpy from time to time, but not usually over 'stuff'!
That is all!