My daughter and I went to California over spring break. It was just the two of us and we had a great time. The first part of the week we stayed in Venice Beach, then we moved out to Anaheim and went to Disneyland and California Adventure. It was our first time at C. A. so we were very excited. It was great, it was fine, it’s not as good as Disneyland, but it’s fun. It became amazing at dusk when we found ourselves in Radiator Springs.
Lydia insisted that we get over there by dusk because she said they did “a thing.” She knew what was about to happen and she wanted to surprise me. By this time, I was hot and tired and had blisters the size of grapes in three different spots on my feet, so honestly, I was done; and then it happened.
Remember at the beginning of one of the Cars movies when dusk hit Radiator Springs and the lights came on? They started at the head of the main drag, and one by one, the kitschy neon lights came on until the entire street was lit up? Well, the “thing” they did, was play Sh-boom over the sound system, and re-enact the light up of the businesses on the main street. I almost died. Like seriously, almost keeled over and died. It was the single most 1950’s thing I have ever witnessed in a life that missed the 1950’s by quite a few years.
After this happened, I got a serious second wind, was able to ignore the excruciating pain in my feet, and carry on with the rest of the night.
When my son was five years old, he contracted a very serious case of double pneumonia with pleurisy. He missed a solid month of kindergarten, had to take four different, very seriously strong antibiotics and after it was over, his doctor told me I was lucky he got sick in this day and age, or he might not have made it. While he lay on the couch day after day, week after week, he watched Cars over and over and over. It was the only thing that made him happy. My goal in life is now to go back to California Adventure with him just so he can see Radiator Springs. It will mean the world to him.
If you have a kid who loves Cars, I highly recommend a trip to Radiator Springs. It’s done with typical Disney Magic and attention to detail. Plus? Their end of the day water show spectacular thingy is genuinely spectacular.
Have a great weekend. Remember, Memorial Day is not about grilling out and the beach. It’s a time to remember all the brave men and women who’ve sacrificed their lives for our freedom and so our kids can sleep safely in their beds each night.
Be kind to someone, our world needs it now more than ever. 🙂
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