January 03, 2012

more than a gift

have a playful spirit - be curious
find someone you really click with - sound out new ideas
glide through the day with ease - find your life's porpoise
jump for joy

It was their big Christmas gift... a trip to Discovery Cove.  Outrageous?  Yes.  But the timing seemed right.  And when it came down to giving stuff or an experience & a memory, I realized that it was the perfect gift.  We laughed, we splashed, we talked and we really did enjoy the day.  As forcasted, the air dipped far below balmy, but the water was warm.  And once we were in... the fun hardly stopped.  Silvery fish swimming in schools, rays that glided through the water... all within reach.  And when it was time for our dolphin swim... the magic washed through all over again.  Stella, Mareyah and Diego... you are amazing creatures!

We lingered as long as we could... tired, but not quite wanting the wonder to end.  The sun was starting to set, and in the golden rays, I gave thanks.  For being able to give this to them.  For birds that reminded me of Africa.  

For the parks amazing ability to keep us warm.  For God's magnificent creatures.  For a day with my family that was as near to perfection as we might ever get.  And for children who feel the awe of it and are appreciative.  I knew they were... I could see it in their eyes and they said it outloud.  Yes, it was just the right gift. 



Anonymous said...

Oh what a precious gift for your kids! What a wonderful memory! :)

Southern Gal said...

What a lovely gift, Dawn.

Gabe said...

I LOVE making memories!!! Great choice memories over stuff every time!

Love the photos, especially the kiss!

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is the best gift ever!!! I am so happy that all four of you were able to experience this together. The only thing that would have made it better? Well, if I had been along for the ride. :)

Heathahlee said...

What an amazing gift! Oh, for the chance to take Kiddo! I'm so happy that y'all got to do that! How amazing!

jenn said...

This is awesome!!! I each of you soaked up every moment!!

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