Number 17 on my Lifetime To Do List is to see the Peter Pan statue in person (in Kensington Gardens). Like most children growing up, I was absolutely obsessed with the story of Peter Pan, mainly introduced by Disney’s animated version. I was such a foolish little girl with this story. (I think I actually had a little crush, before I knew what that was, on the cartoon version of him!) I remember watching the movie constantly and thinking that I want to fly away to Neverland. I want to fly around with Peter, I want to fight pirates with him, I want to rest on a cloud, I wanted to move that hands on “Big Ben,” I wanted to take of The Lost Boys, and I wanted to sail away on Captain Hook’s ship after Peter took. I’m honestly not a jealous person by nature, I may secretly wish I had something someone else had, but then I turned those feelings into “how can I get my own version of that.” However, I was EXTREMELY jealous of Tiger Lily, when she nuzzled him, and Wendy, for having his attention. I related too much (for my own good) with Tinkerbell.
Like most little girls, one of my dreams growing up was to visit England. When I started my Lifetime To Do List, I knew England would be the first item! I blame my obsessions with Disney’s Peter Pan as the root to this addiction. I got to visit England in August 2010 for just about 2 weeks. I got to stay with friends and they showed me around. I appreciate this gesture because I save money (no hotel) and get to see more than the typical tourist lifestyle. I got to see York, Whitby, Oxford, and spent an entire day just walking around London. I stayed in Kent and Milton Keynes for the most part, then a few days in Doncaster. I don’t think I got to spend enough time there to see all that I want to see! I’d love to go back and visit soon. There’s so much to see!
List Item #12: See snow fall from the sky. I was a military brat growing up and I was fortunate to live in Hawaii for 7 years then move to Florida, and I have been here ever since. (I also lived in Maryland and Japan, but that was before I was 5 years old. I definitely don’t remember it at all.) Needless to say, I’m that creature that needs the warmth and craves it. However, there are things that I wish I was able to experience growing up. The major experience? Snow!