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  • Whenever you come to Disney, they want to help you celebrate – whatever it is you might be celebrating, be it a birthday, an anniversary, just married, retirement. They like to help you celebrate – life.

    So, when we were checking in, they asked Kathy if we were celebrating anything. She thought about it for a second, then said, “Yes! Yes we are!”

    “What are you celebrating?”

    Well, it was kind of a long story, so she just said, “Life!” They gave her a couple of buttons for us, that just say, “I’m celebrating!” (see picture).

    It’s great wearing them around. On a number of occasions, people have asked, “What are you celebrating?” I say, “Well, it’s kind of a long story, but I had a brain tumor, and now I don’t.” You have no idea how much fun it is to see their faces light up when I say that.

    I’m glad we got the buttons, and are wearing them every day down here. Heck, yesterday, I even got a free Mickey Bar when the lady behind the counter at the pool’s counter service joint asked me and I told her – she threw her hands in the air, said, “Yay!!!”, then said, “The Mickey Bar’s on me!” with a big smile.
  • It is fun to celebrate life. I guess that’s what this trip is all about – celebrating life. God knows, I’ve had my share of coping, managing stress, letting destructive thoughts come in and go out the other side of my brain, refusing to entertain them beyond a, “thanks for sharing – now, I have work to do”, kind of thing. I got this great gift last month, and I barely had time to really celebrate it, and to enjoy it’s gift of life.

    Now’s the time – and I’m enjoying it! Yesterday, we began to eat our way around the world. Epcot has their annual “Food and Wine Festival” this time of year – we were down here a couple years ago for it. While we don’t drink, we do like to eat!

    All around the Epcot Lake, where the countries are represented, they have food stands from about 30 different countries, with little “tapas”- sized entres, samples of that country’s cuisine. We’re here all week, so that’s where we’ll be eating dinner every night – making our way around the world in a movable feast, sampling the food from each country as we make our way.

    Last night, we hit Ireland, Scotland, France, Norway and the U.S.’ Farm Fresh, enjoying loaded Mac and Cheese, Pickled Beet Salad, French Onion Soup, Boeuf Bourguignon, Fisherman’s Pie, Irish Cheese Selection Plate, Traditional Scottish Lamb Stew, a Tipsy Laird (lemon cream cake & toasted oats), Norwegian Rice Pudding with strawberries on top, and a Norwegian berry puff pastry.

    We’re just getting started. There’s plenty of food to go around (the world), and I’m in a celebrating kind of mood.
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