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Surviving Your Family Vacation

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Sadly, you will wish it did contain alcohol in about six to eight hours when you will really need it.

When you first enter the park, you are surrounded by happy faces. Children laughing and parents running along side of them, racing each other to the next ride. At every corner, parents are applying sunscreen on their delicate children's skin. Everyone is taking pictures to capture the happy moments. As the day moves on, you walk until your feet feel numb and both child and parent are worn out. The same happy faces that you saw entering the park are now attempting to avert meltdowns. These parents are no longer racing their kids, they are carrying them, along with giant stuffed toy animal game prizes and plastic refill cups with long twisted straws. Most of the kids are crying. Some are screaming. You and your fellow parents exchange quick sympathetic looks. Where's that liquor now? I often think that theme parks would make a huge amount of money if they sold alcohol. But that is the problem. Too many people would be buying too much of it.

After everyone has eaten dinner and night falls, my husband and I peek in on our three tired boys. They are fast asleep and snoring loudly from the exhaustion of the day. The youngest one still has the faintest chocolate moustache from the area of his face that I was too tired to wash. We watch their peaceful sleeping bodies and are thankful that we can provide experiences like these for our children. Creating family memories. That is what it is really all about.
As we tiptoe out to the "living room" area of our hotel room, my husband hands me an icy cold beer from the mini fridge. Earlier, I had realized that I had forgotten to bring an opener. When I called the front desk to inquire about one, I was told to take the drinks down to the bar and they could open them for me there. So I brought two beers down to the bar, explaining to the bartender what I had been told. Seeing the confusion on his face that someone was bringing in their own drinks, I looked at him with my sunburned cheeks, placed a large tip on the bar and told him, "I have just spent the last eight hours at Disneyland.

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