My husband’s grandparents celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary at Disney World. Without any of their kids or grandkids. I always thought that was so mean. Now as a mom of three I totally get it. So when I heard mother, Lisa DiNoto, celebrated the first day of her kids going back to school with a solo trip to Magic Kingdom, I was impressed, inspired, and a twinge bit jealous.
Taking to Instagram, Lisa shared, “This, my friends. This is what you do after you drop your kids off on the first day of school. You get yourself a pin and you walk it around Magic Kingdom like some garden gnome on a world adventure.”
And parents everywhere rejoiced for her like @Frank_N_Meems who tweeted, “Good for her. A Disney day alone is the best. Especially when you see the frustration of those with their families in tow.”
Some People Need A Spoon Full of Sugar
Of course, like with everything on the Internet, there were plenty of unamused haters as well.
“I can think of 100,000 things I’d do before going to Disney World to celebrate my kids first day of school,” Deb Fitz commented.
But Lisa didn’t let it get to her: “If they tell you you’re mean, just assure them that you live 10 minutes away and your kids get over there plenty often.” In fact, she promoted graciousness throughout the day, “People are going to start stopping you and telling you that you are life goals. They will often be saddled with strollers and lots of tired children. Be gracious. Comfort them. Wish them a magical day…. and try not to skip away.”
Feeling the Pixie Dust
As with any mom with a sense of humor, she couldn’t resist mocking her kids a bit though. Unfortunately, Snow White apparently is not allowed to “mock your children for being in school while you’re in Magic Kingdom.” But the Fairy Godmother had fun getting in on the action, “She was cry laughing with me and threw her arms around me while I cried, “THIS IS WHY I MOVED HERRRRRRRRRE!!!!!!!!!!”Opportunities like this are really why she left a successful job in Big Law three years ago and picked up her family to move to Orlando. After supporting her father through his 10 month battle with acute myeloid leukemia that ended the day after her 36th birthday, she knew she needed a change. “When you are forced to wake up to how short life is, following your joy starts to make a lot more sense.” For her, joy was being able to go to Disney World whenever she wanted; to be able to say, “Let’s have lunch at Epcot.”
For any stay-at-home parent who spent every minute of summer with their kids, they know that some mental health time away from the kids doing what brings them joy helps you be an even better parent. As @ColcombeL tweeted, “Find something like this to do for yourself. One year I bought myself an ice cream cone. No discussions about flavor. No sticky faces. No dropped ice cream. Just me and my own cone.”
Lisa reminded families, “I so hope I’ve inspired a few mommas (and poppas!) to have mental health days and adventures of their own.”
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