Being a Kid

As adults, we often get caught in a circle of adult tasks. Sometimes it is out of necessity, as we take care of a sick spouse or adult child. We are always ready to step in and help with grandkids, and sometimes it’s because we get so many requests for help from friends or relatives, it just gets overwhelming.

I had a friend lamenting about the amount of time it takes to care for her ailing older parent. Between taking care of her own family, job, and her ailing mom, she seemed to never have a spare minute for herself. She was completely surprised by her loving husband one Saturday when he booked her a spa treatment, then took mom and the kids out to lunch and a movie, giving her a much-needed break! She was so thankful she could just have some time for herself.

Some of us are lucky enough to have a caring spouse. During this busy time of year when we have so many clients wanting to switch their health plans during the Annual Election Period, (working 12- to 14-hour days, 6-7-days a week), I’m at work before my wife wakes up and rarely get home before dark. My charming bride of 36 years surprised me by booking us a trip to Disneyland for the two-day Thanksgiving holiday! Our daughter and son-in-law joined us for the trip, and it was wonderful just to have some time with my family.

While at the park, I took time just to enjoy watching other families; young parents with their toddlers, older parents with their teenagers, and Grandma and Grandpa with their grandchildren. All shapes, sizes, and colors. Laughter and sometime screams everywhere (just think roller coaster and Haunted Mansion), and, of course, the magic of Disney!

We had a magical moment when Mickey was out and about greeting folks. I was pulled out of line for a short impromptu interaction with Mickey and we had a good laugh with him making fun of my bald head!

It was probably the biggest laugh I’d had in months, and for just a moment ……. I was a kid again.