There are some places that you know immediately by sound and smell even if you can't see them. They instantaneously create feelings and memories that rush in like you just felt or experienced them. For me, one of those places is Disneyland.
We made our first trip to Disneyland when our kids were 9 months and nearly 3. They don't remember anything about that trip, but they do remember the subsequent trips we took nearly every year. Now when we go back it feels like a comfortable sweater - someplace familiar. Every ride, every store, every part of the park has a memory for me of my kids at various ages.
A couple of weeks ago we went there again. The St. Bernard Choristers had the privilege of singing at Disneyland. (This was the big trip we were fundraising for.) It was a new experience and very special because it was a place we knew so well. We did get to see a new part of Disneyland because we were able to go "backstage". It seemed so . . . ordinary. What was extraordinary was seeing my husband direct his children's choir and watch my daughter sing a solo. Funny thing about that song - after the beginning of the song (which is my daughter's first solo) the music track suddenly stopped. My clever and talented husband didn't miss a beat - he jumped over to the piano and finished the song! Here's both parts of the song:
Life is not always perfect, but Disneyland is still the Happiest Place on Earth!