My memories of my time with family and a famous little mouse on my 2015 Disney World Vacation.
Georgann Churchya, owner of Georgie’s Custom Catering
When I was asked to go on a Disney World vacation with my daughter Tanya and her family, my first thought was, “Why would they want to be around this old lady?” I tossed the idea back and forth for some time, and checked my catering event calendar coming up that I might be needed for. I decided I would make the leap and go, and knew the cafeteria I served in the WITC Conference Center and any small catering events held while I was gone would be handled with the utmost care by my very capable manager Mary.
During the days leading up to the scheduled vacation we worked out when I fly down and meet my daughter and her family, who were leaving a few days earlier, and where we would stay when I got there. My son-in-law also informed shortly before the trip that his mother also decided she would go, too. That was nice, because now there were two of us (older women) now traveling together.
After the mix-up on flights due to weather challenges; (nobody’s fault), a mix-up with the Disney airport shuttle, and 3 hours travel delay behind the time we should have arrived, we finally made it to Disney World! And, despite those few bumps along the way, it was one of the best trips I had been on in a long time! I was with my grandchildren and watching them enjoy themselves, and I forgot all about what happened along our travels to Florida.
We did a lot of walking, drank a lot of water, ate a lot of fun and new food creations, and enjoyed every bit with the kids. We took a lot of pictures, especially with Mickey Mouse and the whole gang at Disney in the parks and at the resorts. The time spent there gave me a unique opportunity to connect with each of my grandchildren in a special way. For, example, my eldest granddaughter Mykala has Aspergers, and because of that, she doesn’t usually get too close to anyone. But, on this trip Mykala and I bonded like never before. I still cry when I think about it. My eldest grandson Nikolai brought a friend with him to hang out with. They would go off on their own often, but he always checked in with his Baba (that’s me…his grandmother), and shared stories of their adventures. As far as my littlest granddaughter; the princess of the trio, my Lilly… well, she was like the energizer bunny and kept me going. The girl was filled with so much spirit and adventure, and so excited to be in the moment. The whole thing just made me smile!
I also got to spend a number of special moments with my daughter; talking, laughing, reminiscing about other Disney World vacations we shared, and even planning our next adventure together. She lives about three hours away from me, and we don’t get to talk or see each other as often as we would both like, so this time together was especially memorable. And, then there was the time I got to get a little closer to my son-in-law. He’s one of the best men I know and I loved to be able to get to know another side of him. I watched him fuss over his mother and worry about whether she was having a good time, or how she was feeling, and if the heat of the day was becoming too much. He fussed over me, and worried about my need to rest or do a periodic health check. They just made us feel so at home.
Many of my friends and family asked the same question when I got back from my Disney World Vacation…
“What was it like?”, “Did you survive the heat and the crowds?”, and “Would I do it again?” … to which I answered…
“GREAT!”, “Yes.”, and “YES! In a heart beat.”
Once again, that little mouse and his house helped me create treasured memories I will hold onto as long as I can, and will enjoy walking through those memories with friends and family over and over again.