Thursday, June 21

Viva Las Disneyland!

Bring on Summer Vacation!

We (my DH, 3 little boys, and I) just got home from a road trip to Vegas and S. Calif. Now I'm home with a few new freckles, a mountain of sandy clothes to wash, an empty wallet, and an insanely crammed schedule. But I thought I'd take a moment to share WHY we took the kids on this particular trip.

When my oldest son was about 4 (he's 7 now), I was in the midst of searching for a literary agent, a big step in many authors' lives. One agent had requested my full manuscript, but had mailed it back because she wasn't impressed. My son wanted to know why I was sad, and I explained to him in simple terms, "No one wants to buy my book."

"What happens when someone buys it?" he wanted to know.

"We're going to Disneyland," I said.

Later that day, I spotted my son in our front yard, the rejected manuscript on his cardboard box lemonade stand. The pages were stapled together with great care, and he'd added an occasional crayon illustration.

Unfortunately, his approach didn't work. However, a couple of years later, someone did buy a manuscript of mine, and it'll be in bookstores this December. So, of course, we just had to go to Disneyland to celebrate!

I'm curious: how do you reward yourself for reaching your goals?


Erica Orloff said...

What a sweet story!!!!!

I reward myself with something small . . . meaningful to me. One time I got a pair of finches to raise, other times, I bought Buddha statues for my collection . . . just something I want that makes me happy.


Simone Elkeles said...

I don't have something special I do...except probably go out for a nice dinner to celebrate. Mostly my favorite, sushi.


Celise said...


bevrosenbaum said...

I do dinner, too!

Wendy Toliver said...

Erica, Buddha makes me happy too! There is a Chinese restaurant with a big statue of him in front and my kids and I always roll down the windows and shout, "hello Buddha!" when we drive by.

Simone, Celise, and Bev, a day at the spa and a yummy dinner out (esp. sushi) is my cup o' tea too!

I hope you all have LOTS of celebrating to do! :)

Kelly Parra said...

I'm with Erica, I reward myself a treat that I've wanted or craved! :)

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