I told you yesterday that I was more excited about this WDW Trip than any other before.
And that today I'd tell you why.
But first a quick look back.
You see - this trip is about way more than the Wine and Dine. Oh sure - originally it was about that - but it's become something more now. It's also way more than a family vacation - time to relax - get away from the day to day humdrum. Yes - I adore spending time in WDW with my wife - but it's MORE than that now.
It's my first trip to WDW with my daughter. It's my first chance to see the World through her eyes. My first chance to share the magic directly with her. My first chance to, like my dad, gaze out the window of the monorail with her.
Tomorrow is my father's birthday. And I can't even believe that it's been six months since he passed away. In some ways it feels like it was forever ago - and in far more ways - it feels like I just hugged him yesterday. Just saw him in the hospital. Laying there. Fading away. Dying. And then going into the room to kiss his forehead after he was gone. Telling him how much I already missed him. Sobbing to him that I was so sorry that I couldn't be in the room when he left us. That I had to stand in the doorway. That I couldn't hold his hand. Telling him it was just too hard for me. And saying goodbye.
I've had him in my mind and heart a lot the last few days. Just missing him a lot. And so I've been looking for ways to connect with what I loved most about him. And WDW is one of those things. And I get to connect with him there - and connect with Elizabeth too. I hesitate to use the phrase Circle of Life - but you get the idea. It's a way to connect with positive stuff.
Yes - Disney magic, too. But I mean MAGIC.
Many of you don't know this, but I'm something of an amateur card and sleight-of-hand magician. I learned this love from my father, who learned it from my grandpa Jack. I never met grandpa Jack, but I'm told I would have loved him. He too passed away at too young an age. And like Elizabeth will, I grew up without really knowing my father's father.
But he loved magic. As did my dad. And I take it a few steps further - occasionally performing at parties. Buying new books and DVDs to refine my technique. Because I want to be great at it. I want to amaze Elizabeth and her friends. And I want to touch that belief. Touch that magic power. And in doing so - commune with my father and grandfather.
So today I share with you a video of one of my favorite card illusions. This is performed by David Copperfield, who does such a masterful job of it. The story behind it - the music - all of it brings tears to me. Especially today. So please watch it. It's about 3 and a half minutes. And it's called "Grandpa's Aces."
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