Ethan's Bucket List - another glimpse behind the veil
In January Ethan came home with an assignment from school - a bucket list. In class he had been asked to write down the fifty things he wanted to accomplish in life. So he did. Here is what he wants to accomplish in life.
- Go to Disneyland
- Go to Disney World
- Go to Downtown Disney
- Go to Disney World Resort
- Go to Universal Studios
- Go to Universal Orlando Resort
- Go to Universal Orlando
- Go to Legoland
- Be on my own
- Travel to 10 different places
- Go on an airplane again
- Have one million dollars
- Buying something
- Buying toys
- Buying dolls
- Buying movies
- Watch movies
- Go to stores
- Go shopping
- Go to restaurants
- Meet the Disney Characters
- Meet the Universal Studio Characters
- Go to Nickelodeon
- Meet the Nickelodeon characters
- Go to Warner Bros, and meet the WBC
- Go home
- Meet Spongebob Squarepants
- Meet Buzz Lightyear
- Meet the Disney Princesses
- Meet Snow White
- Meet Cinderella
- Meet Aurora
- Meet Pocahontas
- Meet Belle
- Meet Mulan
- Meet Rapunzel
- Meet Anna
- Meet Ariel
- Meet Tiana
- Meet Merida
- Meet Jasmine
- Watch Mr. Peabody and Sherman
- Go to Harkins Theaters
- Meet all the characters from Toy Story
- Meet all the Looney Tunes characters from W.B.
- Meet all the Toy Story toys, and A.F. collection.
- Meet Michael Jordan
- Meet all the athletes movie stars
- Play basketball with Michael Jordan
- Meet Babe Ruth
Some of these are quite interesting, such as #9 and #26. Then there was #50. When he and I discussed the list I asked him if he knew Babe Ruth was dead. That fact didn't seem to bother him, so he matter-of-factly pointed out that he wanted to meet Babe Ruth.
Okay, no problem, I thought. No need to burst a bubble. I didn't even approach the whole imaginary characters discussion. In our world Imagination and Reality coexists, and are often so well blended that it is hard to see where one ends and the other begins.
Several days later he approached me and asked me for his list. I gave it to him and he quickly put it back in his backpack.
He then replied, "Dad, I can't meet Babe Ruth. He's dead."
"Oh, who will you meet instead?"
"All the Toy Story characters."
"Perfect," I thought.
"Dad, what is languish?"
"Languish? Where did you hear that?"
"Dad, languish means die, I don't want to languish. I don't want to die."
"Where did you hear the word languish?"
Then I remembered, Charlotte, the spider (in case you don't know the story) told Wilbur that she was languishing right before she died.
Just as quickly as that conversation came to life, the subject changed and Ethan proudly announced he was going to dream, "about the Disney Princesses."
"You do that," I smiled, "Have fun!"
Today, while going through his backpack, I found the Bucket List. When I glanced over it I saw that there were three changes made.
10. Travel to
10 11 different places
Not sure what those ten places are, but there must be another one that is impressive enough to have him add it on.
On number 42 he had placed a giant checkmark. Task completed! He saw that movie with Grandma last month.
Then I came to the end.
It was priceless.
It simply read,
Babe Ruth Julia Winter.
Sorry Great Bambino, even if you do have a candy bar named after you. Girl's are far cuter than old baseball players!
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