Insiders, we have all heard our friends and family make the snide remarks when our annual vacations involve a visit to a theme park. If you are like me, there are the jokes made on your behalf. Then the obvious question...why do you always go on vacation to a theme park?
There a multitude of reasons. The first is a given, we love it. We love the rides. We love the food. We love the sights, smells, and sounds. We love the thrill of the coasters. We love the wonder of the mechanical engineering and creativity that went into making our favorite attractions. All of these and more go into our decisions to continue spending our time and money at these destinations.
Recently another reason became clear to me. In November, I returned home from a fun filled vacation in Orlando. We were hit with the news that my father has a very aggressive form of cancer. He is in the latter stages, and chemo is not affecting it at all. With this news, I was reminded why we go to theme parks.
Most of us take friends or family with us on these vacations. Why? We do this because we are sharing these amazing experiences and creating memories. These memories will hit us at unexpected times. The smell of popcorn, the sound of fireworks, seeing a t-shirt will bring those happy times to mind.
I have been blessed to have taken numerous vacations with members of my family. These memories are even more precious to me now. I encourage each of you to continue this new year with going to your favorite parks with those you love. If you are like me, you will never regret the time and money spent there. Even the bad experiences can one day be looked on in humor. Plan your trips, ignore the teasing, and scream with joy on your favorite ride with friends and family.
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