3rd week of March 2010
We headed straight for Disneysea after leaving our bags at the hotel reception. Disneysea this time wasn't quite as pleasant as in 2008, it was a lot more crowded. Something else happened that was quite tragic, to us. It was like losing a member of the family :P hee hee.
Now some of you may know about Mary. She is also known as Bryson. It was Mr Tortoise when Brian first got it as an airline giveaway circa May 1998 on a MH flight from KL to Singapore. Sean called it Mary and then in recent years, Mary only existed in the hand-talking tortoise world (pretend play by the boys) and physically it was called Bryson. Us adults still called it Mary.
Now Sean had been taking Mary EVERYWHERE. I warned him many times not to but he just loves his friend too much.
For example, when we were taking rides in the Mermaid Lagoon, he would show Mary/Bryson what's going on and talk to her/it. Many times, I would test to see if he'll forget about Mary by hiding her in like a small cave, or near a pot, and even when engrossed in playing with Brian, he would remember to look for his friend when leaving.
When Eddie's not with us, I would put Brian in charge. I don't like climbing on to ships or climbing up stairs or waiting in long lines, so I would make Brian promise to always hold Sean's hand and be with him the entire time, and then they'd go exploring together and meet me where I was, usually in a comfortable seat somewhere. So here the boys are queueing for some coaster ride. Apparently, while queueing, they were playing again, and Sean picked a flower, then he was letting go of the flower when instead of one hand, he released the other, and Mary fell,..., into the waters.
Look at Sean's face while he's taking the coaster. I was of course still unaware of the tragedy.
After the ride, the boys told me what had happened and strangely, I felt really sad. Sean tried to act nonchalant about it, laughing when we teased him that Mary loved the sea so much she wanted to stay on in Disneysea.
We could see where Mary was, we just couldn't reach it. It was clear that Sean was upset, but we just made up funny stories and I kinda told him I would write to Disneysea to see if they could get Mary at the end of the day. Of course I didn't lah, it was really a futile thing, just silly human nature to continue hoping.
We spent some time following Mary's trail down the river. Call me crazy, but I felt quite sad. At the time, I was more upset than Sean seemed. I think he still thought he'd get Mary back.
We joked that by the end of the day, Mary would probably be sucked into this whirlpool and like Nemo, maybe find her way to us.
No, even Mrs Incredible couldn't help.
And it was actually on this day that I started thinking I would take Mary's picture at all our future destinations, something like the garden gnome in Amelie. Sigh, it was not meant to be. Farewell Mary, you were a good friend.
Till today, Sean still asks for Mary/Bryson. He wonders too if it could be replicated. So if anyone knows of anyone who could sew a replica (material is terry I think), do let me know. My little boy is pining for his tortoise friend.
Last video of Sean and his buddy.