I knew the moment I set my sun hat and Charlotte’s princess crown on top of another stroller next to ours it was a mistake. I did it so I would have room on the top of our stroller canopies to rummage through the backpack I had stacked there. That’s how it goes at Disney World with kids. Too many attractions and distractions. Too much crap to carry around. It wasn’t until 8:45pm shoulder-to-shoulder with Dave and Charlotte on a curb along Main Street in Magic Kingdom that it hit me. I left the items on that other stroller! The sun hat I’ve worn for years and didn’t want to part with. And no way was this chick gonna give up a chance to get back the Tiana crown I had just spent 19 dollars for at Downtown Disney. So I started to run. In stacked slip-on wedges with (thankfully) a rubber sole and a maxi dress, I dashed across the square darting around wheelchairs and dads with fanny packs and Disney workers with ropes preparing to block off the streets for the lighted parade. It jumped off at 9pm. I was on a mission and I started to perspire a bit, which means other people would have been close to passing out as I am always cold. Crossing a bridge, I entered Adventureland at dusk dodging a woman holding a fruit drink and repeatedly saying excuse me as I rushed past startled bystanders. Finally I knew I was getting close as I made it to The Magic Carpets of Aladdin. Then the Jungle Cruise sign appeared and I frantically glanced around the nearby stroller parking area where I had laid down my stuff. Would you believe I found them? Someone had moved the hat and crown off their stroller kindly placing it on a wheelchair beside it. Hallelujah! I grabbed them and started the return sprint with a spring in my step. Sadly I plowed into a toddler who stepped into my path. He fell. I yelled SORRY but had to keep going with only minutes to make it back to the prime spot my mom had been holding for two hours. The blister on the inner part of my right foot was worth it.
Posted under Baby Thomas: Month 44
This post was written by Tara on March 22, 2012