When asked what
my favorite Disney park is, I honestly have to say Disneyland.
Disneyland seems more magical somehow. This is
perhaps, psychological, knowing Walt actually walked those very streets;
his presence is almost palpable. And then there is Disney California Adventure, which is now a park to rival Disneyland for fun!
I could go on, but this is a story about a flea market, me, and a book I found. A Disneyland Book.
have a couple Disneyland books, picked up at flea markets. This booklet
from 1976 I picked up just a few months before our first trip to
Disneyland in 2008.
This next one is more of a history of Disneyland, from 1969.
But our story is about this book. Just an ordinary picture book, from 1985.
be honest, I wasn't even that impressed with the book, the other two I
already had were much more interesting.
So, as fate would have it, just
as I was putting it down, I noticed the writing on the first leaf. The
inscription was: To Nicholas.
Well, that's my name. I immediately asked
how much the book was. $1. Sold.
Without even reading it more carefully,
I carried it off, in search of my wife. I showed her the inscription,
and she said "awesome", and we continued our search through the market. In
the car on the way home, I opened the book to read the whole
inscription. Then I noticed the date.
September 18, 1986.
The day I
bought the book? September 18, 2011.
25 years to the day! We were in shock and awe. What are the odds of something like that?!
This book I
almost put down is now one of my favorite pieces of Disneyana.