We had a girls' day the day after our Disney World day (notice: we're already pre-sunburned). We toured a couple of the Disney resorts, starting with the Polynesian. We had breakfast at 'Ohana, where we were able to meet several characters. I Disneybounded as Lilo (Lilo & Stitch is one of my favorite Disney movies!). She was the first to come to our table, & was very energetic, dancing & moving around. Mickey was next, dressed in his island attire. Next was Pluto, with his lei. This was my first time to meet Pluto - Donald is the only one of the classic 5 characters I haven't met now! Finally, Stitch came through. I loved getting to meet him!
Breakfast was served family style & was all-you-can-eat. We had eggs, bacon, potatoes, biscuits, Mickey & Stitch waffles, & sausages. There was also a tropical bread with pineapple & raisins.
You can see Cinderella's Castle from the beach outside. We took the monorail to the Grand Floridian, & on the way back, Mackenzie & I grabbed Dole Whips for the ride home.
The Grand Floridian is the prettiest hotel I have ever seen. We stopped to get bath products at Basin White, one of my favorite bath stores, then explored the hotel.
I was so excited to see that they already had their Easter eggs on display! Disney makes incredible Easter eggs, & I have wanted to see them for some time now. There is so much detail put into each egg, & they're made with edible products. I was so impressed!
Martin Luther King, Jr. is probably on my top 10 list of people that I'd want to meet.
Monday was MLK Day, & I spent a lot of time thinking about who Martin Luther King, Jr. was. We all know a little bit about Mr. King. He was a pastor, a speaker, a Civil Rights leader, a Nobel Peace Prize winner. He gave the famous "I Have a Dream Speech." When I went through school, I thought he was a really good man. It wasn't until I graduated high school, though, that I gained a deeper respect for him.
The summer after my senior year, I got to choose our vacation destination, & I wanted to go to Washington, D.C. I had gone with my family the year before & loved it, so I wanted to go back. On the way,.we went on a Civil Rights tour of the southern U.S. Our first stop was Memphis, Tennessee. There, we saw the place where Mr. King was assassinated, the Lorraine Hotel. It made everything so much more real. I saw the place where his assassin stood, & the room where Mr. King stayed.
From there, we went on to Washington, D.C. and Charleston, South Carolina. We saw where Abraham Lincoln (who signed the Emancipation Proclamation & was a supporter of Civil Rights) was shot, & the house where he died. We saw the Lincoln Memorial. We went to a Civil Rights museum, where we were taught how to participate in a peaceful protest, like the protests held at lunch counters years ago. We learned about other types of protests as well, & the dangers that were faced, even during peaceful protests - How protesters were trained not to fight back if they were hit or kicked, & all of the attacks on protesters.
My family saw a few more locations as well, but Maegan (my friend who went on the trip with us) & I had to fly back early for a college event. My mom's part of the trip was funded by an educational grant, & she used the experience to teach a class about historical movements. You can read more about it here.
If you haven't already (or even if you have), you should take the time to read King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail." This was another thing that made me gain even more respect for Mr. King. It's where his famous quote, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" came from. Here's a link, if you're interested.
When I think about the influence Mr. King had, not just in the U.S., but in other countries, & on my family personally, I can't help but admire him. He truly was a hero.
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