“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”
― Anaïs Nin
― Anaïs Nin
This quote was ringing through my head as I was living out the moment. As someone who loves to write, I could not wait until I had the chance to sit down at my computer and recall one of the most exciting moments in our life.
The drive to The Contemporary Resort went quick and we were all so ready to relax in our room.
As we passed the Magic Kingdom, I tried to point out Cinderella's castle to Belle, but she missed it.
I was a little disappointed, but knew that we would get to see it from our room soon enough.
When we arrived at CR, we stopped at the gate to give our name to the guard.
"Can I see your driver's license?" He asked Gregg.
Gregg handed it to him.
"The room is under Sunni ______?"
And then he grabbed his radio.
"The _______ family is here."
Gregg and I both looked at each other in confusion.
"I guess they announce you at the deluxe resorts." I shrugged.
When pulled up under the awning. Gregg planned to park the car, while Belle and I went inside to check in. (It's what we always do.)
Suddenly I heard my name.
"Hi, I'm Sarah. I'll be taking you to your room."
Now at this point I should have realized that we had been upgraded to concierge. The thought crossed my mind, but I was still so confused.
I told her that my husband was going to park our van and he would be up soon.
"I'm afraid I will have to take all of you together. I have the key to get you up to your floor."
SCORE!!! We had been upgraded.
I didn't want to look like a buffoon, so I tried my best to play it cool.
"We requested a regular Magic Kingdom view." I told Sarah.
She looked at me strange. She was truly as confused by us as we were by her.
"Well, I have you in...."
At that point she realized that we didn't know.
"Just come with me." She smiled.
We were whisked away to the elevators and taken up to the 14th floor.
As soon as the doors opened she took Belle's hand and said "Come with me, princess. I want to show you the castle."
Belle was excited to see Cinderella's castle, but then she spotted the Beast's castle and lost it.
"Mommy! Daddy! It's my castle! It's my castle!"
I immediately started crying. (And I'm crying now.) I think the man and woman working concierge might have even gotten misty eyed, as well.
We were given a tour of the lounge and helped ourselves to the afternoon snack selection. (Iced Tea, soda and juice. Cookies, potato chips, candy and fruit.)
Our rooms weren't quite ready, so we went out on the balcony to check out the view.
Moments later, someone approached us and asked if we were ready to see our room.
"You have a Magic Kingdom view" He told us.
He escorted us all the way down the hallway to the very last room.
He stopped in front of a pair of double doors. Double doors, ya'll! I was about to wet my pants with excitement.
I turned to Gregg and mouthed "OH MY GOODNESS!!!!"
The doors opened up to a beautiful entry way. An entry way bigger than the one in our home.
We were given a tour of our suite. There were two full bathrooms, a kitchen, dining room, living room, bedroom and THREE (count em) THREE balconies.
We tried to hard to keep our cool during the tour, but as soon as our friend from concierge left I started squealing with excitement.
Gregg didn't share my immediate joy. He spent the next few minutes pacing the living room and asking "What just happened?"
Evie made herself right at home. (Aaahhh.... crawl space at last!)
Gregg was positive that they had brought the wrong family up and that any minute they would come get us and escort us out.
But they never did.
It was our room to enjoy for the next 24 hours.
And that's exactly what we did....