I love the lines at Disneyland. It sounds crazy, but I have had the best, longest and most revealing conversations with my children, in line at Disneyland. Now that my children are grown and gone, we don’t have family dinners or time around the television. We have a few texts or Facebook messages, but the times for a real conversation are minimal.
That is why I treasure the time in Disneyland. This is a big chunk of 6 or more hours together, without phones or work. I never understand why families split up and then wait in separate lines. Then they have to try to find each other and they cut in the lines to join up….but that is another topic.
The key to making the time count, is to be there, right there, with no agenda or attitude. It is easiest to start the conversation, like you are talking to a stranger. Ask them about their life and their dreams. Try not to let any of the past arguments or judgments slip into your conversation. Be there, in the conversation, without worrying about anything that you might be missing.
I have countless pictures of people waiting in line and talking on their phone. How could anyone on that phone be more important than the people enjoying Disneyland with you today? Like Trace Adkins warns us in his song, “You’re gonna miss this.” Be here, right here and enjoy now.
Let’s go stand in line together!