Guest Author: Kim Martai
My story is a story I have wanted to tell for a long time, I just never had the guts to share it with anyone.
Our love has a story like no other.
I knew Darren when we were kids. We grew up in the same neighbourhood and had a lot of the same friends. I moved out of the neighbourhood and didn’t see him again until I was with my son’s father and pregnant for my son. Darren ended up being a big part of our lives for a few years until my son’s father and I split. A couple of years later as fate would have it Darren showed up in my life again. This time we dated. Our love only lasted a few short years and we parted ways. I spent the next 10 years falling in and out of love, fighting depression and a drug addiction.
Then one day in September 2008 I contacted Darren. I knew in my heart that Darren would have the ability to help stop the spinning in my life and set things right. We got together for coffee and we have been together since.
Darren visited Disney World for the first time in 1993 with my son’s father for their guys vacation. He fell in love. By the time we got back to each other Darren had visited WDW 9 times. His 10th time would be December 2008. This time the trip would include Darren, my son Cody, my daughter Bailey, Darren’s nephew Jordan and me. We had been back together for about 2 months at this point and I was still struggling with my demons. Disney World had always been a place I wanted to take my son but as a single mom I struggled to keep us fed sometimes and a trip to the greatest place on earth was a just a dream. Until December 18, 2008. That first trip changed my life forever. I got sober there. I fell deeply in love with Darren, my kids, myself and Disney World. I truly found my happy there. I have a pair of ears I got on our last trip in September 2012. They are the orginal ears and they have my sober date embrodered on the back of them. That way I never forget what I went through and what saved my life. Although I did the work of silencing my demons Darren and Disney showed me the way.
Darren says he had been there 9 times before me, however he had never really seen Disney World until he saw it through my eyes. The first time I saw the castle while holding Bailey’s hand or watching my son get sick in a trash can at Animal Kingdom the first day we were there because he was so emotionally overwhelmed by being there. As I said before as much as I wanted to take him there it was only a dream for us until that point.
We visit Disney as often as we can. We are Ontario Canada and sometimes it’s a little difficult to get there. We will be visiting WDW this April. This time it will be just Darren and I. We are so excited. We are engaged and would like to get married at WDW as well.
Disney helped me put my life and family together. I found my soul mate and my happy there. Walt Disney was right when he said if you can dream it you can do it.
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