I recently read an article in the New York Times by John Jeremiah Sullivan about a trip to Disney World. It was very well-written, as one would expect from a Pushcart award recipient. But it left me feeling sad. I love Disney. We’ve taken our kids three times to the land and once to the world. They have been the best trips we’ve ever taken. There are negative things about Disney to be sure. As Mr. Sullivan points out, it’s very artificial, yes! It’s for profit, yes! It’s hot and crowded, yes! But if you only focus on the negative, you miss the magic of Disney. When we’re there, the four of us, my husband, our two kids and myself, we do nothing but play! It is the only place in the world where we can all play together for such an extended period of time. We all love it. After I read the article, I realized that I was under the mistaken belief that the enormous cost of a trip to Disney keeps it exclusive to those of us who really love it. Apparently, I was wrong. Along with that I had to think, well, atheists go to church sometimes. But I don’t really want to hear what they think about it. Maybe the atheist in church on Sunday would have had something to say about God, when the woman across the aisle asked the congregation to pray for her 4 year old grandson who has such severe epilepsy that he has siezures 24 hours a day. Maybe the atheist would ask, ‘What kind of a monster are you praying to that would allow a child to suffer like that?’ Maybe that atheist was me. But maybe knowing that her church community was praying for her grandson gave that grandmother some comfort.
Not everything about Disney is good. Not everything about religion is good. At first, you just love it. Then you ‘put away childish things’ and become critical of it. But if you are able to see the dark pieces, and still embrace the whole for the good it offers, then you can love it, enjoy it and benefit from it again.
The Painted Wolf Pinotage had a spiced plum flavor, and very soft tannins, but medium weight and good structure. It was vibrant with a long, gentle finish that had a briny olive taste to it that I just loved, especially with the earthy flavors of the eggplant and mushrooms in our ratatouille. Still, it wasn’t as elegant as I had hoped it would be for $17. My husband loved it. He wasn’t thinking about the price. He was thinking about the soft tannins, the vibrancy, and that unusual briny finish. I stopped thinking about the price of it, too. And then I really enjoyed it.