When I arrived at work this morning, there was an email from a former co-worker and friend of mine that another co-worker and acquaintance of ours had passed away over the weekend from cancer. In the photos that accompanied the announcement of his passing, I saw the man I remembered from years ago - he was kind; he was decent; he was. in a sadly missing term from this generation, a gentleman. A few months ago, a man I was working with currently in my present occupation passed away from a sudden heart attack, many years before his time.
So what does all this have to do with some clown like me who writes about trivial Disneyland related stuff.? Well, on the surface, absolutely nothing. Down deep, it means everything. Disneyland is not a trip to Six Flags. It's not a trip to the county or state fair. A trip to Disneyland is a collection of memories and these moments in time are something that can be treasured for a lifetime.
So whether you are currently at the park, or plan one in the near future, parents, I encourage you to take pictures of your kids, have them get the character autographs, ride the rides, enjoy the attractions, hug them, high five them, give them moments to remember for a lifetime. Many may forget, but many will remember years and years from now.
If you are with your husband/wife, boyfriend/girlfriend, or anyone else who is an important part of your life, hold hands when walking around the park, give a warm embrace just because, kiss at an opportune moment. These are the Disneyland memories that will be remembered and cherished for a lifetime - until life finally passes.