Vacation, All I Ever Wanted.

My kids were off from school this entire week because of a little known Jewish holiday called Shavuot, which roughly translates into “a three-day weekend isn’t enough; let’s just take off the whole week before Memorial Day instead.” Which is great if you’re an old rabbi, but less great if you’re a working mom. I resigned myself to the fact that I would get nothing done this week, and then I scheduled the hell out of my kids. On Wednesday, I even got my husband to take off from work and go to Disneyland with us and two other families from my daughter’s preschool class. One of the perks of living in Southern California is that you can go to Disneyland whenever you feel like it, although I have to say, it may be called the happiest place on earth, but I never saw a more miserable bunch of parents in my life. Everywhere I turned, moms were snapping at their kids, dads were screaming, and grandparents were developing new wrinkles as I watched. But barring meltdowns at both lunch and dinner (Harper: I don’t liiiike this macarooooniiiiii. It’s yuuuucky. Davis: I no want penne! I gonna’ throw it down!), we had a lot of fun. It was Davis’ first time, and there’s really nothing better than watching a Disneyland virgin go through It’s A Small World. His little mouth was hanging open, and he was silent through the whole thing, taking it in, trying to understand what the hell was going on. When it was over, I was starting to think that maybe he hadn’t really gotten it, but then, just as we were getting off the boat, he flashed me a huge smile and said, I wanna go again, mama. And it is that moment when – for all of its overpriced merchandising tie-ins, for all of the forty-minute lines for two-minute rides, and for all of the jockeying to find the princesses at their designated times and places just so that your daughter can then become shy and not want to say hello to Jasmine after you just waited for half an hour to meet her – you realize that Disneyland really is a magical place when you have little kids.