Turn! Turn! Turn!

Was the title of the Byrds album released on December 6, 1965.
¸.♩.. .♬´¯`♬¸¸.♩...♬´¯`♬¸¸.♩..
To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time to every purpose, under Heaven
-The Byrds

On December 6, 2011, we were headed home from our trip.

When Kika and Gabi were very little, my in-laws invited us to go to Disneyworld.
We declined-- with a promise to our children that we would take them when they were older, like 6 and 8 years old.
Five years ago they turned 6 and 8.
However, five years ago, although Kika and Gabi may have been ready to go, their parents were not.
There is a personality type that is able to "Do Disney" with young children.
And there is certainly a "Couple Type" as well.
To fill this trip* with happy memories, the parents accompanying the children must:
-Be Selfless
-Be Patient
-Be Flexible
-Be in Good Physical Condition
-Work Well as a team
-Be Enthusiastic about Life (singsong voice may be de rigueur)
-Be able to smile and capable of having fun

♬...A time to be born, a time to die.. .♬
This year, for Gabi's birthday-- Steve and I decided that it was the right time to make that trip to Disney World.
As we walked and sprinted around FIVE amusement parks in FOUR days
(capital letters means yes, I am shouting)
as we waited in lines, as we were jostled in crowds of people,
as we asked our children and each other what we wanted to see, do, and eat--
I realized that there was just no way that Steve and I could have done this five years ago.
Five years ago life was different.
Five years ago, I was depressed.
If I believe in God (which I do) and I believe that God has a fixed and appointed time for every one of us to muddle live through each experience of our life, then this voyage to the Big D
(Disney, not Depression) makes a whole lot of sense.

The Byrds' song played in my head as I realized the veracity of Solomon's wisdom when he wrote in the Book of Ecclesiastes,
"There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven."(Ecclesiastes 3:1)
*the word trip can be interchanged with the phrase family life.

¯`♬¸¸.♩...A time for peace, I swear it's not too late....♬´¯`♬¸¸.♩.♬