One memorial trip that I have taken within the past three years is the trip that I took with my boyfriend, James, to Holiday World this past summer. While it was mainly aimed at us getting away from our stressful homes, it ended up being a trip that helped improve our relationship.
On the trip up to Holiday World, James and I mainly just talked. At home, we are usually taking care of our son, Wesley. Wesley is over a year old and it had been even longer since James and I had went anywhere on our own. Needless to say, we were actually able to carry a full conversation together. In this conversation, we were able to share many stories from our pasts and found out things about each other.
Once we arrived there, we waited in what seemed like a never-ending line. We spent the majority of the time attempting to entertain each other by making silly comments about things going on in the waiting crowd. Finally the gateways were open and we entered the park. Many rides were still closed, and those that were open had lines that seemed to stretch on for forever. We decided to get a drink and venture into the gift shop. We were able to joke around by trying on the amusing hats and playing with the rubber band shooting guns.
Eventually more rides began opening up. Since James is a thrill seeker when it comes to roller coasters, he decided to go straight for the newest coaster, The Voyage. Personally, I am terrified of heights and refused to take one step towards it. We had a small issue where neither one of us wanted to upset the other, but it was obvious that James wanted to ride the ride and I was not going to. I reassured him that I was ok if he wanted to go ahead and ride it. I planned on just sitting on the bench, but he would not have anything to do with it if I was not going to ride. We decided to go ride the smaller me-friendly rides such as the Scrambler.
After riding most of the rides with shorter lines, we headed to the water park. It was during this time that we saw a small baby with water wings on. The image of the smiling baby made us miss Wesley. In order to improve our spirits, we took a long walk. We ended up in the wave pools which lead to the adventure of water tag that lasted for a good while.
We walked around the park and as more time passed the more I missed Wesley. As we waited in the line for The Legend, the second roller coaster built at Holiday World, I got close to tears. I kept thinking about Wesley, and parental instincts were taking over. The fact that I had not seen how high up the dip on The Legend was did not help the situation. After the ride, James and I called home to check on Wesley, who was currently taking a nap. We then walked to The Raven and spent some time taking pictures.
Soon it was time to leave the park. While I was happy to go home to Wesley, I was saddened by the fact that my day alone with James had come to such a quick conclusion. The trip overall had been a blast, and it helped me feel more like an actual parent. I believe it also improved James and mine relationship to be stronger and better than ever.
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