Capturing Disney in Pictures: Giving Thanks
Every photo has a story.
If you’ve ever been to Walt Disney World, you’re thankful for something. It would be easy to give thanks for my upcoming WDW vacation that starts in a mere 30 days. I’m so thankful for the chance to return to Orlando, I am nearly jumping up and down. Oh, the food! I’m thankful for the Black Forest Cupcake I can practically taste right now. I am thankful that my three kids will ride the monorail beside me late at night, and that my husband will roam the gift shops, uncomplaining, with me for hours. If you’re there right now, you’re probably giving thanks.
I am thankful to Chip & Co. for my new opportunity to share my Walt Disney World photos, stories, and tid-bits. Without that chance, I could never tell you that I am thankful today for my brother’s life.
My earliest memory of the People Mover was around 8-years-old. While I jumped in first, my 3-year-old brother Brian sat in the middle, and 5-year-old brother Randy piled in last. We loved the People Mover just as much as any of the roller coasters. No Lines! No waiting! I remember putting my arm around Brian. Only three, his feet didn’t touch the floor. I wanted to make certain he didn’t slide off the seat.
My brother Brian was 13 when I moved away to college. He soon left for his own university, joined the Army, got married, and had a son. He re-joined the Army just two years ago as an Explosive Ordinance Disposal specialist. He was going to dismantle bombs; how could I not worry about him? Those memories with him on The Peoplemover and If You Had Wings are a central part of my happiest childhood memories. He’ll always be a little kid to me, sitting beside me in the Tiki Room, falling asleep in the stroller I pushed to the Magic Kingdom tram.
When my mom called last week, just five days after Veteran’s Day, to say two Army trucks were attacked in Afghanistan, I thought she was calling to say he was dead. I just knew he was dead. But he wasn’t, just injured. He lost his foot, but not his life. I am thankful for the Army doctors and surgeons taking care of him. I am thankful he will recover. I am thankful Brian will one day walk down Main Street, on a new Bionic foot, with his own son and his wife.
I am thankful for my childhood opportunities. I am thankful for my family, both then and now.
Today though, I am most thankful for my brother Brian’s life.
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