A ticket to Disneyland these days is a pretty big investment in giving children some time in the “Happiest Place on Earth”. The price of a ticket, plus food and lodging, not to mention the price of gasoline to make the big journey totals quite a chunk of money.
Eleven of us entered Disneyland first thing yesterday morning, two of my children, their spouses and six children. Some of the children are Disneyland veterans. But today was Sammy’s initiation into the Magic Kingdom!
She entered, donning her “first trip to Disneyland” button. She was greeted by smiling Disneyland employees and the Disneyland Band and the glorious bed of flowers depicting Mickey Mouse himself. Sammy’s eyes kept getting bigger and bigger. As we entered Main Street USA her three most experienced cousins surrounded her with orientation and motivational information. “Sammy you are going to love Big Thunder Mountain. You are going to get really wet on Splash Mountain. You are going to get so scared in the Tower of Terror. Sammy, they have an Alice in Wonderland ride. “
That was the moment that pure delight shot through Sammy. It was visible from the tip of her toes to the top of her head. Her papa looked on. As the moment of joyful excitement and anticipation brought his little four year old off her feet he exclaimed, “That right there was worth the price of the whole ticket.”
Now I know there is no comparison in real terms between the sacrifice we make for the happiness of our own children today and the sacrifice our Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ have made for our eternal happiness, but I do know this: When we are full to the brim with excitement, anticipation and appreciation for what THEY have provided, I can almost hear them say, “That right there was worth the price of the whole ticket.” And what a price that was!
By Nannette W.
Posted Tuesday, September 23, 2008
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