The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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Context: This is a memory about my mother, Diane, finally getting to take her children to Disney World. This was huge for her because she always wanted to go as a child, but her parents instead traveled to her grandmother’s farm in Virginia. When she finally got the change to go with 5 of her kids, she was so excited.

Growing up, Diane always wished she could be like her friends whose parents took them to islands and Disney World on vacations. Each year, her parents would only take her to a two week vacation at her grandmother’s house in Virginia. She always told herself “when I have kids, I will take them to Disney World.” She had no idea she would end up loving motherhood so much and having seven children. Her dreams of taking her kids to Disney World had to be put on hold due to financial reasons. Finally, she had her chance. 

“My biggest fear was the airplane. I had never been on one and I tried to stay strong for my kids but I was stressed!” she remembers.  They arrived in Disney World and she was amazed the moment she saw her first palm tree. She had dreamed of this day, loving the beach and warmth so much, but never being lucky enough to go somewhere with a palm tree. “There's a tall one! There's a short one! That one has Christmas lights! Look at all those over there!” was all that was heard on the car ride to the hotel.

    They could hardly get settled into the hotel before her children rushed her out the door to go to the parks. Walking into Magic Kingdom for the first time was a feeling that she would never forget. “It felt like I was in a dream, I was rushed with emotions, both of my own and for my children!” Disney world was crowded, but she had tunnel vision to Cinderella’s castle; it was huge, she could not look away. All of their eyes lit up in amazement. 

Diane does not like rollercoasters, she calls herself the “professional bag holder” and prides herself because they never need to buy a locker. One thing that she always says is “I hate roller coasters, but I love theme parks because I love seeing my children having fun and being happy.” She waited in line with her children, sent them off onto Space Mountain, and when they returned she laughed “well that must have been a fun ride, your hair is all over the place!” 

    One distinct memory that she will never forget is the Cinderella’s castle firework show at the end of the night. She loves fireworks and takes her family to see multiple local firework shows every summer, but she had never seen one like this. She could not help but have her mouth drop when the castle began playing music, while the colors changed with the music. The castle went from blue to purple to white to rainbow, while fireworks of all colors, shapes, and sizes flew from behind it. No one in the family could blink because they did not want to miss the most amazing show they had ever seen. It was in this moment that Diane realized, Disney World truly is the happiest place on earth.

The Happiest Place on Earth

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Context: This is a memory about my mother, Diane, finally getting to take her children to Disney World. This was huge for her because she always wanted to go as a child, but her parents instead traveled to her grandmother’s farm in Virginia. When she finally got the change to go with 5 of her kids, she was so excited.

Decade: 1910s
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Recorded by Alyssa Zajdel on April 26, 2020
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