To lose a shoe!

If you were to lose a shoe… Where would you prefer it to be?

Last May, when we traveled to Orlando for Emily’s Dream granted by the Sunshine Foundation of Canada, she lost a shoe!

If you are new to my blog, you can read about How we told Emily about her dream coming true and The day of the dream in my previous posts. 

Back to her shoe!

In my house, we love shoes… We have lots of them and keep buying them. 

Emily and I can share her shoes as her feet are slightly longer than mine. She can’t borrow my heals but I can borrow her flats. 

Life is good. 

On May 6th, we visited Universal Studios with our only objective to visit Harry Potter world. 

We prepared for our visit by having a Harry Potter movie marathon in February.

 We bought snacks… Lots of snacks!

And watched all the Harry Potter movies.  We started Friday night and were done by bed time on Sunday. 

What a waste of a weekend… Right? 

We live in Atlantic Canada, this was my driveway the weekend of our movie marathon.  Can you see my red car? 

That’s how I justify our movie marathon. 

Fast forward to May 6th. It’s a hot day for us winter people but that won’t stop us. 

Emily and Jonathan are trying all the roller coasters they can find and I’m taking pictures. 

The day was perfect. 

Emily was laughing


We bought her a wand and a robe. 

We bought her almost everything she asked for. It was after all her dream vacation!

On their second time on the dragon roller coaster, Emily came out looking like this!

She lost a shoe and the guy at the end of the ride told them that we would never see it again! 

When we asked where we could buy shoes or sandals, we were told that maybe at the store by the park entrance…

Here’s a map for you in case you’ve never been there. Emily lost her shoe in the top right corner of the map and the store was in the bottom left corner…

She walked the whole way back asking me to give her my shoes so she would be more comfortable. 

I said no

I don’t say no to Emily really often but in that instance, I said no repeatedly…

To every single person we passed, she said: “I lost a shoe”

Than looked at me and said: “mom, I lost a shoe, can I have your shoes?”

To which I said no. Again and again and again.

The walk probably took us 20-30 minutes… Maybe even longer. 

I bought flip flops (sandals) and Emily got my shoes, finally. 

We had to remind her before each roller coasters to not play with her shoes. 

Emily loves to tell the story!  It’s like an achievement. 

So, let me ask you, if you were to lose a shoe… Where would you prefer it to be?

Random act of kindness – Part 2

Back in March, I told you about a school assignment where Emily had to talk about a random act of kindness. 

You can read about it here: Random act of kindness

At the time, we couldn’t come up with an example as Emily doesn’t interact with strangers. 

Over the last week, while we were away on an amazing vacation, I tried my best to let Emily be Emily. 

Some people stared, some people didn’t even see us as they were absorbed in their own vacations, other people shared in our happiness and a small group were touched by random act of kindness. 

I followed Emily’s lead.  
She’s an awesome kid!

Here are some of the things we did. 

1.  At Harry Potter’s park, Emily couldn’t make her interactive wand work. She tried, I tried, Jon tried but we couldn’t do it. A boy probably 12 or so was looking at us… Holding a non-interactive wand and he looked like he wanted to try but his wand wouldn’t work. He gave Emily some pointers as he had been looking at other people… She looked at him and asked him to show her with her wand. His face lit up. He did it perfectly on the first try. He gave Emily back her wand, his mom discreetly thanked me and we went on our way. Emily probably made his day. 

(I will tell you what happened to Emily’s shoe in another post)

2.  We randomly offered to take pictures for families and couples. 

3. We chatted with a 6 year old boy in line for an attraction. He wasn’t paying attention to the line and kept walking into Jon but instead of losing patience, we talked with him and his family and when he decided to join in on our family hug we let him.  He was a wonderful little guy who happened to have Down Syndrome. He was friendly and  just wanted to chat.  He probably get stared at too so this was nice for him and his family as well as for our family. 

4.  We had dinner in Japan at Epcot.  A family from New Jersey sat next to us at the Teppaniyaki table. They all looked at Emily at some point… Not sure if it was her voice or overly tired look…  Emily was exhausted.  We ate too much and planned to skip dessert even though it was included. The family sitting next to us with 2 kids on children meal plans were given the dessert menu and picked 4 desserts. When our server came back, I confirmed no desserts for us as Emily and Jon were already outside watching fireworks. The father ordered the desserts for his whole family just to hear our server tell him that those were the adult desserts. The kids could have ice cream. Dad was disappointed but asked for chocolate ice cream.  They only had vanilla. He picked vanilla…  I felt so bad for him. I remembered once, being offered ice cream or jello while adults were offered all the cool desserts.  (I’m sure my mom could tell you all about my not so pleased with the rule reaction) 

I don’t know if they couldn’t afford the extra cost of getting them the desserts they wanted…  The dad looked so disappointed, the son wasn’t paying attention. The mom and daughter were in the restroom. I told our server that I had changed my mind and wanted 2 of our desserts.  The 2 the kids wanted…  I asked her to bring the desserts to them.  The dad was so happy and when the mom came back from the restroom he told her all about the ice cream fiasco and how the nice lady (me!) took care of their desserts.  

 (That’s Emily after dinner 😴) 
5.  While trying to take pictures of Emily and Jon riding Splash Mountain, I took many pictures of many strangers.   The lady next to me, ran out of space on her phone just when part of her group of students came down.  I had pictures of them so after I got my pictures, I found her, showed her the pictures I took and asked for her email. I sent her the pictures today.  I’m not sure if she truly believed I would be emailing her 😀

6.  We distributed Mickey stickers to random kids. The doorman at the hotel kept giving them to us so we shared them.  One little girl held her Mickey sticker during the whole Nemo play at Animal Kingdom. 

7.  Still at Animal Kingdom, we kept seeing this family. The son was probably 4 or 5 and was in a stroller. The little girl was younger and running around. At lunch, we ended-up sitting next to each other, I don’t think they ever noticed us but I saw them. I saw them put a helmet on their son before taking him out of his stroller for lunch. I saw the parents play tag team making sure both kids got all they needed. I saw people staring at their boy wearing an helmet to have lunch…  When our server gave Emily 2 pictures of Donald-Daisy-Mickey-Goofy. I asked Emily if she would give one away to make someone happy. She picked that little guy. She went said hi and asked his mom if she could give him the picture.  

I was so proud of her… 

I am so extremely proud of her!

I’m sure I will think of other things we did but that’s it for now.