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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Pilgrims and a Disney Cruise--Yes, There is a Connection

“My teacher knows I go on cruises, Mom.”

“How does your teacher know that?”

“I don’t know.”

“Well, what did she say that let you know that?”

What followed was very interesting.  Seems that the boy’s class was learning about the Pilgrims and their voyage to America on not one ship, but two.  Excellent timing for this learning as it was about to be Thanksgiving and all.  The teacher wanted the students to make the connection about what it was like to be on a ship in the middle of the ocean.  So, I asked, “what is it like to be on a ship in the middle of the ocean?”

“Peaceful,” was the boy’s reply.

He then went on to tell me that the Pilgrims had it pretty tough on their voyage.  He told me that they could only drink beer and ate stale bread and had to be careful not to start a fire on the ship.

We chatted a bit, comparing our recent Disney cruise with the voyage the Pilgrims made.  The boy was quick to point out that we really didn’t have any hardships on our journey, which gave him even more empathy for what the Pilgrims experienced while sailing.  And, reasons to be grateful. . . for our freedoms;  our luxuries.

The connection between the Pilgrims’ voyage and cruising with Disney is solidified in the boy’s mind and now in mine.  And, once again, Disney has crept in and will be a part of our Thanksgiving Celebration.

‘Tis the season for giving thanks.  We have much to be grateful for.

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