Weekly photo challenge: Illumination

I confess, I am not a very diligent WordPresser when it comes to things like the Daily Post. In fact, I think this is the first time I have actually read it, but right now it fits because the days are getting longer and I feel lighter.

I also confess that I just got back from a Disney Cruise and Disney World. I think you all know me well enough to know that I am a bit too jaded for these kinds of things, but I was drawn in by promises of legendary service and the prospect of sun in the middle of a bleak winter. And it paid off in that way; I had to do very little thinking. I got vitamin D from all the sun. I got to sit and watch the ocean go by and ponder the acidification from all the carbon dioxide we were emitting. Ok, so anxiety doesn’t make trips relaxing.

But my sons; to them this trip was all light. Disney did its magic and filled their heads with stories and characters and fantastical sights.

This is my little unicorn, rocking out in a family night club on the ship in his Buzz Lightyear pyjamas. The music was blaring and he had the dance floor mostly to himself. To him all the lights were light sabers and the pounding music a soundtrack to his own personal Star Wars movie.

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I don’t have a picture of my other son watching fireworks for the first time. We were finishing dinner when the fireworks started and the waiter let us sneak out the back door so we could watch the show. My little unicorn sat up on Daddy’s shoulders, while I held the engineer on my lap. His face filled with wonder watching the sky explode to music. That look, watching his face light up filled a need I didn’t even realize that I had. It undid a little bit of weariness in me. I don’t need a photo of that; I’ll carry that light around with me for some time to come.



  1. Oh how sweet, Jen. Everyone needs a break once in a while just to enjoy life. I’m so happy your kids got to have that experience. I bet they’ll remember it, too. That’s a very cool photo…it looks like he has complete power of all the lights!

    1. He totally believed that he was controlling all those lights, as he believes he controls everyone and everything in the world. The unicorn can be quite a dictator sometimes.
      I hope they are at an age where they’ll remember it. They remember our beach trip from last summer, so certainly Disney has to make more of an impression!

  2. Nice, RG. I love you call your precious one your little unicorn. That pic looks pretty magical and it sounds as if all of you had an experience that was magical as well. Happy weekend!

    1. Brigitte! I am glad to see you getting back to blogging. You’ve been missed! I call the little dude a unicorn because he insisted on wearing a purple pegasus/unicorn costume every day for about 3 months. It suited him perfectly.

  3. We’ve always loved our Disney trips. I think it’s tough to beat Disney. They go all out. We’re going to Orlando this summer, but now that the kids are older, we’ll spend more time at Universal Studios. But we’ll still work our way over to Disney. 🙂

    1. They do. We were marveling that even waiting in line at Disney was kind of fun because of all entertainment and characters they put in there. It definitely beat expectations! Have fun in Orlando this summer; I think Universal Studios would be a blast.

  4. I haven’t been to Disney since the 70s. I think it might have changed. But I might be willing to go again to get a pic of my kid dancing at the family night club. Love it.

    1. I can attest to the fact that the Small World ride still exists and is terrifying in it’s ability to permanently embed itself in your brain. However, it is a lot more palatable with two three year olds who are very excited about it all, and damn they make everything easy.

    1. I too struggle with the mouse, and all the dark corporate underbelly of Disney. But right at this point in time easy feels good, and anything that puts a smile on anyone’s face is even better.

  5. Jen,
    The sun is always brighter at Disney, as The Mouse owns it. Glad you had a good time, and that you are back, you add your own brand of sun on this blogosphere.

  6. For people under the age of ten, Disney theme parks, and apparently the cruise, totally rock. The delight on your little unicorn’s face makes enduring the agony of “It’s a Small World” worthwhile masochism. This upcoming film about a parent losing his mind at Disneyland that recently screened at Sundance is one that I hope the Mouse House cannot suppress from getting released:


    1. I have to see that! I hope Disney doesn’t smother it with churros and turkey legs (both are menu items that feature prominently there).
      I was on the Small World ride in California when I was about 11 or so, and it was awful to me even then, but I have to say it improved significantly as they no longer actually sing the words. I will point out that it was the only ride we went on that had a zero minute waiting time.

  7. I suck because I’m so late. Forgive! That photo is adorable. But the important question is, did you take any photos of either of them that you can use to embarrass them in front of their dates when they’re teenagers?

  8. Hey Roller … I was gone for a while and I think you stopped by during my absence. Normally, I’m much better at responding … so thanks for dropping by. Besides, I see we share common company!

    And yes …. cruises are great for doing very little thinking.

    1. We do have a lot of common company! I have been reading your blog for some time, but I have been very lazy at internetting and commenting. It seems as though you had a good trip; how incredible to reconnect with family you haven’t seen in so long.

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