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    A story of Disneyland with a 10 year old

    I had to do a speech for a public speaking class recently where I told a story. I racked my brain for a story and found it incredibly difficult because my life isn't full of exciting stories, at least not to me. But I turned to my most recent excitement, my first trip to Disneyland in 10 years. But 3 days summed in 3-4 minutes was proving to be too difficult, so I focused on a very specific aspect of the trip, my time spent with my cousin. I'd like to share it with you just because I like sharing it

    Ernie is my dad's sister's youngest son. He grew up in a family of two older sisters, a mom with a history of drug problems and a dad with a history of drinking and violence issues. It's suffice to say he doesn't have very many good role models. I am his favorite relative. He loves to follow me around and bug me, all the stuff a little brother would do. So of course when we went to Disneyland, he kept up the act.

    The first day there he wanted to be my ride buddy and ride everything he could with me and only me. When we rode Space Mountain (his first time as well as mine), I was gripping the safety bar with white knuckles and he was gripping my arm and hand while ducking in the rocket. When we took our picture, he was no where to be seen! He kicked my butt in Buzz Lightyear 50,000 to 15,000. He drove me around on Autopia and was a lot better driver then I ever was, never hitting the car in front of us or the center railing. We ended up getting hit from behind by his 19 year old sister and my grandfather.

    He was afraid of some rides and I was happy to sit out with them because I too did no wish to go on the rides. When everyone went on Tower of Terror we walked around the Hollywood Pictures Backlot and I explained most of the puns to him. When his sisters rode California Screamin', we went to the gift shop near Ariel's Grotto and he helped me pick out my 50th hat. And when we sat out Tower of Terror the second time, we sat in front of the fountain (which was empty, is it always empty?) and talked for what seemed like an hour or so. We talked about politics, World War II, Hitler and Nuclear war. Oddest and best conversation I've ever had with a 10 year old. He is such a smart kid, he amazes me constantly.

    I was able to give him more knowledge on these subjects and also shared Disney trivia with him, telling him about Pirates of the Caribbean since it was closed, teaching him about Pete's Dragon during the Electrical Parade and talking about how much things have changed in the past 10 years.

    He taught me a lot of patience and how to have fun with someone with such a difference of age. I saw Disneyland through my own eyes as well as his and felt I enjoyed the trip much more because I was with him.

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    Re: A story of Disneyland with a 10 year old

    Thanks for sharing such a great memory. He is lucky to have you.


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    Re: A story of Disneyland with a 10 year old

    Yes, thank you for sharing. It's so nice to have great memories like that with family. Unfortuately, I learned that too late...
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    Re: A story of Disneyland with a 10 year old

    Aww!
    Good morning, son
    In twenty years from now
    Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
    And I can tell you 'bout today
    And how I picked you up and everything changed
    It was pain
    Sunny days and rain
    I knew you'd feel the same things...





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    Re: A story of Disneyland with a 10 year old

    My favorite tale of going with a kid was with my friend and her 8 year old son. Their family has APs but he was afraid of alot of the rides. This story involves me bribing him to get on Matterhorn.

    I told him if he rode it that he could have his pick of the next ride with no questions asked. I also told him that we could call Lorenzo (a mutual friend and major Disney geek) because he'd be so proud of him. The condition was that if he liked it he'd also have to brave the much dreaded Haunted Mansion, and if he hated it I wouldn't pressure him into anything else.

    So after some arm twisting I got him on Matterhorn. The whole time he gripped the bar hard and kept his eyes closed. As we got off the ride he was shaking and he was saying things like "That was scary! I hate you!" and so on and so forth. His next ride pick was Dumbo. So as we were waiting in line for the flying elephants I reminded him that we had to give Lorenzo a call. So I dialed it up and gave my pint size friend the phone. He got the voice mail and left a message:
    "LOZO! GUESS WHAT I WENT ON MATTERHORN AND IT WAS AWESOME!"

    I stood there staring at him and his jaw dropped in an "awe crap what did I just say" manner.

    "Oh, so you liked it?" I said, "Next stop, Haunted Mansion."

    He enjoyed that as well.
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    Re: A story of Disneyland with a 10 year old

    Haha, little kids are great. I think I was more afraid of Matterhorn than Ernie, I always hated that ride as a kid, thought I was going to fall off the edge.

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