She'll like the Little Mermaid attraction. She has to. It's the Mermaid. Her favorite movie of late. The line shouldn't be too bad since the shows are continuous.
So far, so good. There are plenty of other children her age in line. She doesn't even mind standing on her own.
Lots of things to look at in the holding area, but she's getting a little nervous. Better start prepping her for the show... Nope, she's more interested in watching another kid. Maybe there's nothing to worry about.
Okay, find a seat toward the rear, the more distance between her and the stage the better. I can feel her tensing up watching others dive for available seating. I should hold her a little tighter. Once we sit down, she will be able to look around and gain some confidence.
She's not calming down. The lights are going down and her whimpers are going up. She's not liking this. She won't even lift her head from my shoulder. Oh, bubbles! Point out the bubbles!... No, she doesn't like that either. Just wait until a familiar character comes out. Then she'll relax.
Sebastian! Look, Sprite! It's Sebastian! Please pay no attention to the pitch black nothingness behind him...Flounder? No? Just hold on tight, Ariel is coming...she's coming... Oh, thank goodness, look, Sprite! It's Ariel!
One look at Ariel and she's crying again. This is not working. People are staring at us. Please, Sprite, please, just realize that nothing is going to happen to you. No one will touch you. Just look and see your favorite characters... Ouch, Ursela is a lot bigger than I remembered. Have her eyes always glowed that brightly? Has this show always been that scary?
We give up. We have to. She's ruining the other guests' experience. WE'RE ruining the other guests' experience. I am so sorry, I am so sorry, I am so sorry, Damnit! Does this row ever end? What did I just step on? Where's the door?.... Sunlight!
Of course, the exit doors dump us right into the merchandise area. That Ariel doll she's eyeing may make her stop crying, but it will make me start.
Mommy! See? It's Ariel! Mermaid! The mermaid is right there! Daddy! Did you see Mermaid? I'm going to see the Mermaid!
Look at all the other kids! This is so exciting! Put me down! I want to stand with the other kids.
Oh, this place is kind of dark and there's a lot of people standing around. Pick me up, please... Wait. There's a boy my age playing with a video game. Um, put me down. I want a better look.... Okay, what happened with the lights? It's getting darker. The noise is getting louder. I don't like this. Pick me up! Up!
Please don't pick that row. I want to be at the back. Do we have to sit? No, I don't like this. I don't want to look at the stage. I want to see the sun. I want to go outside. I want to be anywhere but here.
The noise! It's too loud! It's too dark! A bubble touched me! No! I don't CARE if the Mermaid is on the stage! I don't WANT to see Sebastian! This is NOT like the movie! They don't look right!
Please, I want to take a nap! I want to be outside! I want to go to my room! I want a TIME OUT!
Please take me outside! No, I WON'T calm down! I WON'T be quiet! I DON'T LIKE THIS! CAN'T YOU UNDERSTAND THAT?
Oh, thank you. Thank you for getting me out of there. I can see the sun. I can see everything in front of me.... I can see.. the Mermaid! I want the Mermaid! Can I have Ariel?
(To anyone whose toes John or I may have stepped on while booking it the hell out of the Mermaid attraction on Sunday, I apologize. And an extra apology for my butt being in your face, that was just cruel...)