Monday, November 12, 2007


Dawson loves staying at hotels. We first realized how much he liked hotels when we went on a trip to Orlando last summer. Dawson was much more impressed with the hotel elevators than he was with any of the rides at Disney World. Of course, he was only 1 1/2 at the time so he was easily amused, although he continues to be thrilled with elevator rides. During our most recent hotel stay in Dallas, our room was on the 28th floor and Dawson was very excited about the long ride up and down the elevator. There were also escalators in the hotel, which were another great source of amusement, as was the breezeway across the roadway to other hotels and shopping centers.

Another feature of hotels that really gets Dawson excited is playing on the phones, something he's not allowed to do at home and so really looks forward to doing while at the hotel. Of course, we unplug the phone so he's not continually calling the people at the front desk or inadvertently dialing people in other rooms or making long-distance calls to China. He especially likes it when we have 2 phones in our room so that he can talk on one and have Randy or I talk on the other.

I think Dawson mostly just enjoys exploring a new place. He has great fun going in and out of the closets and bathrooms, which he calls his home. He also really likes having new "roads" to drive his cars on and new places for them to visit.

Dawson enjoys his hotel stays so much that he doesn't want to return home. On the return trip home, he pleads with us to go back to the hotel. He'll even tell Randy to turn the car around and go back the other way, back to the hotel. There have even been times when we've pulled into the garage and he doesn't want to get out of the car - he just wants to go back to the hotel.

It is nice that something so simple and ordinary excites him. I hope he's always able to find joy in the little things.

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