Saying Yes to Pretty in Pink

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Pretty in Pink

This is one of many pretty princess dresses comprised of princess dolls at Downtown Disney, which I almost didn’t get to see.

That’s because when my son invited my husband and I to join him and his girlfriend on a New Year’s Day outing there, I really wanted to say no.

After all, it was a work night. It was a holiday.

I knew it would be unbearably crowded and tough to find a parking spot.

Perhaps impossible to get a table in one of the restaurants for dinner.

I also thought maybe my son simply invited us to be polite — that he fully expected us, perhaps even wanted us, to say no thanks.

But I said yes — mainly, perversely, because I so wanted to say no.

Because, I told myself, you can’t say no if you plan to try new things. And I do want to try new things.

So we went.

And sat in traffic for 90 minutes.

And spent another 30 minutes searching for a parking spot.

Then, luck found us. We decided to eat at House of Blues. And despite the fact that another popular restaurant at Downtown Disney had a 3.5-hour wait for a table, we got seated at HOB within 5 minutes.

On top of that, the food and service were great; the decor, which included painted shoes on the ceiling, was intriguing.

The bathroom walls in House of Blues were painted with an interesting pattern.

The bathroom walls in House of Blues were painted with an interesting pattern.

Afterward, we wandered around amid the festive crowd,

My husband (in red) heading into the Downtown Disney crowd. I love the lights strung overhead.

My husband (in red) heading into the Downtown Disney crowd. I love the lights strung overhead.

finding live outdoor musical performances scattered throughout the entertainment complex.

They included:

One guy playing both a didgeridoo and a 2-necked guitar;

Another man playing a smoking-hot saxophone to the utter, unfettered delight of a free-spirited 3-year-old girl who skipped, danced and swayed to the music;

A foot-stompingly good high school show choir from Ohio performing jazzy Christmas tunes;

And a woman belting out the blues.

This guy played a hot saxophone outside. (Sorry for the blurriness...)

This guy played a hot saxophone outside. (Sorry for the blurriness…)

It was a perfect, balmy, 65-degree night, Florida-style.

Downtown Disney features a giant sea serpent made of Legos in a pond opposite the Lego store.

Downtown Disney features a giant sea serpent made of Legos in a pond opposite the Lego store.

As magical as a pretty pink princess dress comprised almost entirely of pretty pink princess dolls.

And sometimes, that’s what you get when you say yes.

What about you? What did you say yes to recently when you really wanted to say no? And how did that turn out for you?

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2 thoughts on “Saying Yes to Pretty in Pink

  1. I recently said Yes to a ping pong table in our unfurnished living room after saying no for months! And it’s been a blast. The kids loved it, and it’s gotten a lot of play time during the holidays when they were home from college. My son loves me for lightening up – he thought that’d never happen. I’m so glad I did. That living room was big and empty and not about to be furnished anytime soon.

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