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Dear Todd Parker - 08/27/14

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My wife and I have been having some heated discussion about something and I'm looking for some way to convince her that I'm in the right.

We've got a little boy who just turned two. He's the absolute best and I love him to death. I'd do anything for the kid. I just want to make him happy.

So my parents gave us a little bit of money and told us that we should use it to take a trip. We're doing okay financially, but neither my wife nor I is really big on doing the vacation thing. Still, free money, so we started talking about it.

My pitch was to load up the little guy and head to Disney World. I can just see his little mind being blown by the whole thing. I know that doing this sort of thing with a baby can be tough, but it would totally be worth it. It would be an absolute blast.

My wife, on the other hand, thinks we should use the money and take a trip with just the two of us. She figures the boy can stay with his grandparents and we can go someplace with a beach for a few days. Have a little fun in the sun and whatever.

Don't get me wrong she's all for taking the kid to Disney. She just wants to do it when he's a little older and a little more able to take advantage of everything the park has to offer. I get what she's saying, but I've really fallen in love with the idea of using this as his first Disney experience.

Obviously, we take the kid to Disney World, right?

Goofy in Bangor

Dear Goofy,

I hate to be the guy to break this to you, chief, but I'm going to have to go with your wife on this one.

Todd Parker doesn't have a problem with kids; in fact, he gets on with them so well that it might surprise you. Kids are great. And taking kids to Disney World is like taking them on a guided tour of Heaven itself; they get that blissed-out stupor in their eyes that puts you in mind of what Buddha must have looked like when he achieved enlightenment.

They LOVE Disney, is what I'm saying.

And if this was the kid's one shot at the House of Mouse, I'd tell you to go for it. But that doesn't sound like the case. It sounds like the boy's got a couple more visits in his future. If that's true, then I have to tell you go to the beach with your wife.

Seriously the kid is two. There is no disputing that a two-year-old would have fun at Disney World, but there's also no disputing that a two-year-old would also have fun playing in a box in the middle of Grandma's living room. He's two. Why not wait and let his teeny mind develop so that when he does reach the Promised Land, it can be properly blown away by Mickey and the gang? Let him have actual memories of the experience as opposed to vague, brightly-colored impressions.

But then again who can resist the siren song of good old Walt? Hell, man stick to your guns. Maybe this way, the little guy gets two first trips to Disney World. That would be pretty sweet.


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