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.
Afterward, we wandered around amid the festive crowd,
finding live outdoor musical performances scattered throughout the entertainment complex.
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.
It was a perfect, balmy, 65-degree night, Florida-style.
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?