#88 Excited – ‘Best Holiday Ever!’

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Growing up my family didn’t have a lot, it was a typical working class english household. That is to say we always had a big TV and played football all the time. My mum always wanted me and my brother to have one big memorable holiday though. She thought that we may never have the money to go on a lot of holidays in the future.

Disney World Florida was the destination.

For a 6 year old, that is the dream. To be surrounded by overweight people pretending to like you all of your favourite Disney characters. My parents, bursting with excitement broke the news too early – a strategical parental mistake. They said we are going in 6 months. 6 Months. That was a good percentage of my life at that age, a human can almost create a human out of nothing in that time, seasons pass, the climate will change will and I will be a man by then.

I wasn’t a man, but I did turn 7 years old by the time it came around. Naturally we had to leave our little terraced home in the early hours and this is the moment I remember so vividly – and more annoyingly for my mother, one of the few things I remember from this very expensive, very flamboyant family holiday. I was the youngest in the family, which exempt me from bag carrying, that meant I was the first outside and it was snowing. If you looked up you could see an orange tinged sky from the beautiful sunrise mirky street lamp. No one was around, and the rest of my family were still fumbling around the door, and there I was, just crunching through the snow.

I also seem to remember at this point swinging round the street lamp in some kind of Gene Kelly maneuver*. There must be some continuity errors with my memory though as the street lamp was against a fence, so any swinging around would have resulted in mild to serious injury.

That moment though stays with me. I always think of it as the calm before the happiness. When you know something good is coming but aren’t entirely sure what it is. I have been lucky enough to travel a lot since that time, but I have never seemed to re-capture that exact feeling. I think it had something to do with the safety and security of my parents being there.

Now, when I travel, I have to think about losing my passport, checking in on time, finding the place we are going to stay, and dealing with small talk from other members of the general public.

Today though, things are the same. I mean, I’m not trying to say I’ve been Tom Hanks from Big the whole time and now I’ve reverted back to a 7 year old. I am also not going to Disney World, nor am I swinging round a street lamp, and it is not even snowing. It is a nice day outside actually. Tonight my girlfriend and I are off to Ireland, and she has organised everything. I’m merely a 7 year old passenger.

The feeling of going of security and anticipation has been bestowed upon me for the first time in a long time. I really feel that it is going to be a great trip. I purposely haven’t researched Ireland and I certainly haven’t done any admin*. I shall go, enjoy and just see where it all takes me. All I need to do now is find a street lamp to swing around and someway stay away from the general public.


*3 points for the Singing In The Rain reference.

*Thank you to my wonderful girlfriend for that.

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    1. Mindfump

      Thanks 🙂 I’ve never been to Ireland either. Growing up it always seemed too close to be a ‘holiday’, can’t imagine I’d be as excited as I was for Ireland if my parents said we were going to Limerick for two weeks.

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      1. summerSHINES

        Holidays are just immense 😊 We are going to France next month and I can’t bloody wait 😍😍 It’s been so long since I had a proper holiday. I just hope I’m able to fully enjoy it without the blasted black dog. I’m not saving a place for it on the sunlounger with a towel that’s for sure x


  1. Miriam's Art

    Enjoy yourself…did you know my new website miriamsart.com is up and running. I have lost the like button though. It was great knowing how many people liked your stuff. I feel a bit lonely. But enough about me. Enjoy yourself, relax and let yourself GOOOOO!

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      1. Miriam's Art

        My followers followed I think but I don’t have proof yet because they just show the views and wordpress shows the visits to the site but I don’t get a summary of who followed. The change was for a better theme for my website. It is great. I had a professional advising me. But the great thing is that I have a paypal add to cart button and shopping cart now! I was worried about how people would pay. But I don’t have many buying stuff but it’s all set up now! Cost a bit of money though. Now I have to design a logo and figure out what colors I want to use! Have a great time!


        1. Mindfump

          I’m sure everyone will make their way over. It sounds like a lot of work but exciting at the same time! Looking forward to seeing the complete thing. When will the logo and everything be done?


          1. Miriam's Art

            The logo will take months. I have to sketch it and have three ideas to make into a final idea. My one daughter told me how to create it and another daughter is too tired to help so it’s all up to me. The website is up and running. If you have a chance can you give me feedback on how I could improve it and if you like the colors. Or if it’s too confusing. Thanks in advance! You’re supposed to be on holidays lol. When does the plane leave?

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          2. Mindfump

            I shall certainly have a look after my holiday! I am sure it will be fabulous though. I really liked your content previously. When I’m back I shall endeavour to take a look and give feedback properly though.

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  2. Beckalee

    Great post! I’m envious of you going to Ireland and having an administrative free vacation, erm, holiday (is my American showing?). My recent trips were to the glamorous destinations of Missouri and Tennessee. For a family wedding. The definition of stressful trip. Good luck, have fun and keep us updated!

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    1. Mindfump

      Thank you kindly! I am sure you will make it to Ireland one day. I will certainly be writing while I’m there. Also I haven’t forgotten about your message I will get back to you shortly – hopefully this week!


    1. Mindfump

      Thank you so much! We are going to Cork and Galway for sure as those are places we may choose to live in a few months. As for the other we will try and get there. I suspect you have been before? I haven’t! Although my girlfriend is Irish.

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      1. jkaybay

        Yes, I’m from Ireland but right now I live in California. Actually went to Cork for the first time in January this year and loved it. Visit Fota wildlife park if you get a chance. Exciting that you may move over. I’ve lived in Galway for a year and loved it too. Dublin’s good too, of course 😉


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