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.