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My Daughter’s Secret

Updated on November 10, 2011
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There is nothing quite like being told someone has a surprise for you!

The anticipation, build up and excitement can be just as exciting as the surprise itself.

As a parent, I have sprung a few surprises on my children over the years and the joy of their reaction and pleasure, is both rewarding and satisfying beyond words.

Suddenly, one day there was a reversal of roles in the family…..

It was a month before Christmas 1998 and the telephone rang, it was Cloverleaf and she had a secret.

She had instructions for myself and my son Richard.

1. Book 4 days annual leave from work 30th December - January 3rd

2. Organise travel insurance.

3. Pack a suitcase, include some warm clothes.

4. You will need a passport.

We bombarded her with questions incessantly over the next few weeks, but she stood firm and would not reveal anything.

Had that been my secret I would have caved in, if only to shut us up!

Every day the secret was our main topic of conversation, we dreamed up all kinds of crazy ideas, we analysed every word she had said and still we had no idea what the surprise could possibly be.

We decided the passport had to be a ‘red herring’ surely there was no way she could afford to take us abroad.

Christmas arrived and as planned Cloverleaf came to stay with us for a week.

Our suitcases were packed in readiness and although Christmas was lovely we were anxiously counting the minutes until 30th December.

Richard and I were quite simply out of control and playing the role of an harassed parent, Cloverleaf had to reprimand us on several occasions.

We were told to ‘calm down’ and we were threatened with ‘or else we won’t go!”

Naturally the words fell on deaf ears and we were as excited as ever.

At long last the day arrived and still Cloverleaf would not reveal anything.

However she did insist on doing a passport check before we climbed into the taxi (maybe the passports weren’t a red herring!)

Finally we set off.

It wasn’t until we were seated on a bus and the driver picked up the microphone to make an announcement, that we finally found out where we were heading.

“Welcome everyone to our trip to Disneyland Paris"

After the initial jubilation and celebration, the hugs, tears and kisses we finally settled down and enjoyed the journey to Disneyland, much to Cloverleaf’s relief.

Upon arrival at Disneyland, as if by magic, Cloverleaf produced our two day pass into the park and on both days we were up at dawn to make the most of the time we had there.

I don’t think anyone could have possibly crammed in any more than we did!

What a magical place this is, age has no boundaries here - this is a place of fantasy and fairy tales, wonderful characters from childhood stories, to feel and touch that magic is a wonderful, fun experience.

New Years Eve - it’s celebrated with the most awesome firework display we have ever seen, what a way to celebrate the beginning of 1999!

Cloverleaf later revealed she had been planning and saving for this surprise for 12 months.

She admitted she had been very close to disclosing the secret on numerous occasions and had surprised herself that she was able to keep a secret for such a long time.

It was just the best time darling, from both Richard and me thank you again, we will treasure these memories always.

Our Disneyland Paris Photo Gallery

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Wow--what a gift--what great pics with great smiles! But most of all, what a special time for three! :)

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

      What a beautiful love story. I know you made memories all of you will treasure in your hearts for a long, long time.

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      bell du jour 5 years ago from Ireland

      What a lovely story MM, and some lovely pictures of you and Cloverleaf. I've never been to Disneyland, but it looks wonderful....and maybe I'll make the trip someday:-)

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      carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      WOW MM great pics! wish i could get some gifts like that!! mother daughter duo look stunning as ever:)) may you enjoy many more fun trips together. Vote up!!

      carrie

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      phoenixarizona 5 years ago from Australia

      Wow. How wonderful! What a fantastic surprise! Thank you for sharing such a loving and beautiful gift with all of us!

      Good luck with the contest!

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      What a loving thing for her to do. Why am I not surprised? It seems like Cloverleaf's generous and loving heart. I love the photos also, the one where you two are holding the Eiffel Tower is priceless.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi RTalloni, it really was the 'best' surprise and we had a wonderful time!

      Thank you for dropping by and your comments, take care MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi WannaBwriter,I thoroughly enjoyed writing this as it brought all those wonderful memories back!

      Thank goodness the perms have gone....

      Thank you for your comments, best wishes MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Bell, I hope you can visit Disneyland one day, it really is a magical place!

      Many thanks for your comments, have a wonderful day, best wishes MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Carrie, What a gift, what a surprise - it was fantastic!

      Thank you for your great comments and saying we look stunning - but those hairdo's are so embarrasing!!

      Take care, best wishes MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello phoenixarizona, my son and I were just so excited about the surprise - we were totally out of control!

      Cloverleaf is a very special daughter:-)

      Many thanks for your comments, enjoy your day, MM

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      Annette Donaldson 5 years ago from Northern Ireland

      How lucky were you? I took my son to Disney world in Florida for his twelfth birthday. We all had a ball. Sadly, as Craig grew up the only thing he ever surprised me with was a packet of potato crisps on his pay day. Still the thought was there lol. Girls always stay true friends with their mums, but I wouldn't swap my son for the world. The photos are to be cherished and saved in the family album of fame. x

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Hyphenbird, our trip even included a visit to the Eiffel Tower, it was amazing!

      You're right, Cloverleaf does have a very generous and loving heart, she is a very special daughter and I am a very lucky mum!

      Many thanks for your comments, best wishes MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello thebluestar, these photos were taken before the digital camera, so I scanned and enhanced them and was quite pleased with the result, it's reassuring to know they are now digitised and saved for ever.

      How I would love to visit Florida!

      Thank you for your comments, I loved hearing about Craig:-)

      Best wishes MM

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Dear MM,

      Such a sweet suprise and it is always such a wonderful feeling when it comes from our children..It just touches our heart so.. THank you for all the great pictures..They are so precious.

      Love,

      Sunnie

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      vasantha T k 5 years ago from Bangalore

      Beautiful gift for Christmas.Three cheers for all your smiles.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Sunnie, this was such a wonderful surprise, I don't know how Cloverleaf kept it a secret for so long!!

      Thank you for your comments, take care MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Vasantha, this was a Christmas I shall never forget, my daughter had saved her money for a year for our treat! We must have smiled the whole time we were there!

      Many thanks for your comments, best wishes MM

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      A.CreativeThinker 5 years ago

      Receiving such heartfelt gifts from our children gives us a wonderful feeling. The feelings and all the time taken to save for it, make that and her a very special gift in itself. Thanks for sharing MM. Take Care :)

      Regards,

      Angel

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I give cloverleaf credit for keeping the secret for 12 months. I never could have done that! I'm glad the surprise worked out smoothly and you now have magnificent memories:)

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      It sounds like your daughter has an abundance of love and generosity in her, that she likes to share with the people she loves. Such a wonderful gift!

      Thank you for sharing this truly joyful and precious story with us.:)

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      What a lovely, treasure of a memory. The love and care of the organizer - her heart in it - makes it ten times more valuable. Voted up and awesome.

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      brandasaur 5 years ago from Planet X

      Your daughter is so loving. What a nice gift, you have a wonderful daughter, good job Mama! :) Nice hub, made me smile. ?

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      Kawaljit kaur 5 years ago from JALANDHAR, Punjab (India)

      Movie Master

      Hi'

      Really a BEAUTIFUL gift by a daughter to her parents.Loved it.A life time memory for you, I can guess being a parent.

      May GOD bless you all, especially your daughter.

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      shanaya 5 years ago from Living in my Own Dreams:)

      Hello Ma'am! A very Beautiful surprise with full of heart, and it shows in the above picture's as well. You both are lucky for having each other. Thanks for sharing.

      I wish I could also give these kind of surprise to my Loving Parents. Give my Love to your wonderful daughter.

      Voted up, Awesome, Interesting, Beautiful.

      with lots of Love & Respect

      From SHANAYA:)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I enjoyed your story and loved the pictures.

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      Gypsy48 5 years ago

      Enjoyed this hub. What wonderful memories you have from this special surprise. Great photos!

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      What a great surprise. By the big smiles, I would say everyone had a blast. What special memories, thanks for sharing. Those photographs could be used for the family calendars. Just a thought.

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      Derdriu 5 years ago

      Movie Master: It is indeed a loving daughter who plans a surprise, keeps mum, and carries it through to the end. It is so charmingly, ironically hilarious that you and your son eliminated the one true hint which your daughter allowed you: the passport!

      Your lighthearted commentary maintains the suspense and captures the exciting awe of a Disneyland visit. Additionlly, your excellent photos endearingly allow us to live your relived moments with you.

      Thank you for sharing, voted up, etc.,

      Derdriu

      P.S. You and your family are beautiful.

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      What a beautiful surprise! You have a beautiful family and I love all the pictures. Looks like you had a lot of fun and now, that you've visited Disneyland, Paris--it's time to skip over to Disneyland,Californai (where I'm just an hour away). Rated up.

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      That was a lovely surprise. Hooray for Cloverleaf for keeping it a secret! These are fabulous pictures. I love your Minnie Mouse ears and the miniature Eiffel Tower.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Angel, this wonderful generous gesture from my daughter just blew me away!

      She is very special:-)

      thank you for your comments, best wishes MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Sunshine, I like your new profile Pic!

      I think that was the biggest surprise, the fact she managed to keep it secret for so long - I could never have done that!!

      Thank you for your comments, take care MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi SanneL, Cloverleaf is a very loving and generous daughter, I am a very lucky Mum!

      Thank you so much for dropping by and your comments, best wishes MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Martie, a year in the making... what a secret - what a surprise!

      It was fantastic:-)

      Many thanks for your comments and votes, best wishes MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi brandasaur, she is indeed a very special daughter, it was a wonderful gift!

      Many thanks for your lovely comments, best wishes MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Kawaljit, wasn't it an amazing gift!!

      We have some terrific memories!

      Thank you for dropping by and your lovely comments, take care MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello shanaya, thank you so much for your lovely comments, I am a very lucky Mum!

      and thanks for the votes, it's much appreciated, best wishes MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Vinaya, thank you for dropping by and your comments, glad you enjoyed it!

      Take care, MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Gypysy, scanning the photos and writing the hub brought back all the wonderful memories of this fabulous surprise!

      Thank you for your comments, best wishes MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Mike, I have another calendar ready to publish, but I hadn't thought about a 'family' calendar, now that's got me thinking....

      We certainly did have a 'blast' it was just the 'best time'

      Many thanks for your comments, take care MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Derdriu, as soon as we knew about the 'secret' my son and I just talked and fantasised about it constantly!

      Thank you for your lovely, kind comments.

      Best wishes MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi anginwu, I would just love to come to California, maybe one day....I could drop by for a coffee and chat!!

      Many thanks for your comments and votes, take care MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Flora, that is 'the' Eiffel tower - very clever photography by my son!

      Wearing those ears was so much fun, thinking about it is making me laugh even now, boy did they pinch!!!

      I just don't know how Cloverleaf kept it secret for so long, she never told anybody!!!

      Thank you for your comments, best wishes MM

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      PADDYBOY60 5 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      What a great surprise. The photo's are fantastic. It looks like you all had a good time.

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      PenMePretty 5 years ago from Franklin

      Wonderful story, memories and pics. A+

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I'm so glad you enjoyed your holiday with Cloverleaf. You daughter and you are great people.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This was so much fun to read and the photos were fantastic..Lucky you..Didneyland Paris and Cloverleaf what a treat..Cheers

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      Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

      Wow, what a wonderful surprise! I love the story,it's so beautiful. The photos are Superb. Voted Up & Awesome.

      You have a wonderful family, my Friend. And you are all very good people that I can tell for sure. May God Bless you all.

      Take care. Kamalesh

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Movie Master,

      How wonderful to "meet Cloverleaf"... what a beautiful family experience! Thank you for sharin with us in this awesome way-- especially loved your deck of cards pic!

      Voted UP & across the board, mar

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Movie Master! What a beautiful story! Cloverleaf is something else, isn't she? Ha ha ha!! You have such a lovely family. I am sure this surprise will be embedded in your memory forever.

      You and Cloverleaf are indeed a treasure to each other and to those of us that know you from afar! Thanks for sharing this heartwarming story and the exceptional photos!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Paddy, it was brilliant non-stop fun!

      Many thanks for dropping by and your comments, take care MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello PenmePretty, it's nice to see you, I hope all is well with you, many thanks for your comments, best wishes MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi writer20, thank you for your kind comments.

      I am very fortunate to have such a special daughter and son!

      Best wishes MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Ruby, what a treat - what a surprise!

      This is such a special memory!

      Many thanks for your comments, enjoy your day, MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Kamalesh, you are so kind thank you.

      And many thanks for the votes and your continued support, my best wishes MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello Maria, we had the most fantastic time - it was just the best surprise!

      Many thanks for your votes and have a wonderful day, best wishes MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Dex, I am sure I have the 'best' daughter and son, they are 2 very special people!

      Thank you as always for your wonderful comments, you always put a smile on my face and make my day!

      Enjoy yours, take care MM

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Ahhh, lucky you:) It is great that you all hold a special relationship as you both do. You both are kind and sweet souls, honest truth. It has been a joy getting to know you MM. Another wonderful hub. Up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting:):) Always a pleasure, Ricky.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Ricky, thank you for those kind words and it has been great getting to know you, I always enjoy your visits and love reading at your place!

      Many thanks for the votes, have a fantastic weekend and see you soon, best wishes MM

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      Cloverleaf is a special Daughter Movie Master, but you already know that. This was such a Fun, Uplifting Hub to read, and now many years later, you all still have these Wonderful Memories to share. Ah yes, the Perm, been there and done that, but hey look at us now, better and better with age...like Fine Wine! Great Shots and you did look Good, you all do, like you're having A Ball!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from USA

      What a wonderful suprise. I use to love to make suprised trips to visit family. There was nothing more priceless than to walk through the door and see the shocked looks on everyone's faces.

      These are great memories. Thank you for sharing them with us. (And the wonderful photos too!)

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      You are SO lucky to have a thoughtful daughter like this one! I'm glad you go to make the trip. Looks like you had a great time judging from the photos. I love the two of you hold up the Eiffel Tower. Voted you Up, etc,

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What a wonderful gift your daughter gave you - and what great determination she must have had to keep saving for a whole year! You look like you are all having so much fun. The Eiffel Tower photo is very clever!

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      What an awesome surprise! And I loved the role reversal and the fun photos. Everyone looked like they had such a fabulous time. Voted up across the board! Your Cloverleaf is one heck of a great daughter.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi B.Malin, We had a fantastic time and we have some wonderful memories, it was a very special surprise!

      Oh, those perms...

      Tthank you for your great comments, enjoy your weekend, best wishes MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi tipoague, I love springing surprises, only I am hopeless at keeping a secret, so it doesn't happen very often, I don't know how Cloverleaf managed to keep this to herself for a whole year!

      Many thanks for your comments, take care MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Mary, I am so, so lucky to have such a thoughtful daughter and son, they are both wonderful!

      The trip even included a visit to the Eiffel Tower, that was an added bonus! we were so pleased with that photo!

      Thank you for your lovely comments, have a wonderful weekend, best wishes MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Alicia, even now when I think about it, I am amazed by the surprise - it was so special!

      It took a few attempts to get the Eiffel Tower photo right - we were really pleased with it!

      Thank you for your comments, have a super weekend, MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Gail, yes she certainly is quite something!!

      The role reversal to me was so special, I felt like a child being spoilt - wonderful feeling....

      Thank you for your comments and votes, have a lovely weekend and see you soon, MM

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What a sweet and marvelous surprise trip for you and your husband from your daughter! It looks like everyone had a great time and the memories will last a lifetime. Great photos! I especially liked the one of you and your daughter "holding up" the Eiffel Tower. Up and beautiful votes!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Peggy, It was a wonderful surprise, it was actually for myself and my son, I ended up being as big a kid as him! We have some wonderful memories of a great time!

      Many thanks for your comments and votes, best wishes MM

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      How awesome! And I love the way you kept us in suspense, like we were living the anticipation with you. Fantastic! :o)

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi TT, I just don't know how Cloverleaf managed to keep it secret for a year!

      Thank you for dropping by and your comments, it's much appreciated, best wishes MM

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      MonetteforJack 5 years ago from Tuckerton, NJ

      Awesomeness !!! I miss my mom and my siblings, too -- I have 8 siblings, hehehe. That will take many years to save up, hahaha! Your story gave me an idea. Now I have a secret for my husband, my mom and my 8 siblings !!! THANK YOU, thank you FOR THE INSPIRATION MOVIE MASTER & CLOVERLEAF !!!!!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi MonetteforJack and thank you for your great comments!!

      8 siblings, wow how wonderful! expensive though...

      Enjoy your day and take care, best wishes MM

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      This was a great story and the joy is visible in the photos! Both you and cloverleaf looks stunning! A gift like that is one of best gift to get and the memories will remain for ever! Thanks for sharing it was a joy to read,

      Tina

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Tina, we had the best time and have some wonderful memories!

      Thank you for your lovely comments, glad you enjoyed it, best wishes MM.

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Whay a lovely surprise. Disneyland is a wonderful place, even for us oldies. You would have had a wonderful time and gathered some lovely memories. What a wonderful daughter Clover is, I could never have kept the secret, she did well.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Rosemay, we had a fantastic time and have some wonderful memories, I just don't know how she managed to keep it a secret for so long!!

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      iZeko 5 years ago

      What a great daughter you have! You can tell from the pictures that you had an amazing time there. You guys look so happy! Beautiful photos!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi iZeko, aren't I the lucky one! Cloverleaf is an amazing daughter, an absolute treasure!

      Many thanks for your comments, best wishes MM

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Hi MM,

      I sense the feeling of pride when your daughter surprised you with this trip. Makes a parent feel of all the hard work he/she put in...paid off well when the child shows respect to the parent.

      This trip will always be your fondest one ever! Cheers to you and your lovely family :)

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi MM

      I think Cloverleaf's gift would qualify as the Best Gift Evvvvvvvver!

      Voted up up and away!

      Best Wishes

      Sue

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Ruchira, this wonderful gesture and gift spoke volumes about Cloverleaf, she is a wonderful thoughtful daughter and we had a magical time!

      Thank you for your lovely comments, best wishes MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Sue, yes it certainly was the best gift ever!!!

      Many thanks for your comments and votes, have a great day, best wishes MM

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh, how sweet and fantastic! I got goosebumps looking at these photos because it reminded me of the Disneyland trip I just went on with my mother. I wish I could have made our trip a surprise for her!! Thanks for sharing this with us :D

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Simone, I'm bet you had a fantastic time with your mother on your Disneyland trip, it's definitely isn't just for kids!

      Thanks for your comments, have a wonderful day, MM

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      your cybersister 5 years ago from Just relocated from Florida to the mountains of North Carolina

      What a great surprise and a wonderful trip! I struggle to keep any secret, so I can't imagine how hard it was for your daughter not to spill the beans. And you got some wonderful pictures. It looks like it was a really great time for all. I will most likely never make it to Disneyland in Paris, but I live only an hour from Disney World in Florida and I never get tired of visiting it. The Disney atmosphere and attention to even the smallest detail is amazing!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi cybersister, I don't know how cloverleaf kept this secret for so long, I know I couldn't have!

      Yes, I agree the attention to detail is amazing and the disney characters are just wonderful!

      thank you for dropping by and your comments, best wishes MM

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Hi M M,

      This was truly beautiful and what a kind hearted daughter you have.

      You will have taken home a heartful of memories to treasure forevermore.

      Has to be a up up and away!!

      Take care and have a wonderful day.

      Eddy.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Eddy, we have some wonderful special memories of Disneyland, which as you rightly say we'll treasure forever!

      Many thanks for your comments and votes, take care MM

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a wonderful gift. I would never have been able to keep this a secret for 12 months. Loved the pictures too!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Susan, it was such a wonderful, thoughtful and generous gesture by cloverleaf, it just blew us away! how she kept it secret, I just don't know....

      Thank you for dropping by and your comments, have a wonderful weekend.

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      What a thrilling surprise! Your daughter has to be the BEST daughter around! Disneyland and Paris at the same time, what a whoooo hoooooo vacation. Disneyland is fun for all ages and brings out the kid in all of us. I have visited Disneyland in CA and DisneyWorld in FL and loved both places each time I went. Your photos are beautiful, as are you and your children!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi suzette, it was just the best surprise!!! I shall never forget a moment of it!!! You're right Disneyland certainly brings out the kid in you!!

      Thank you for your fabulous comments, enjoy your day, take care MM

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Wow! What a special gift and surprise. What a special daughter you have there. I can't believe she was able to keep it a secret for almost a year! Those were great pictures also.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi homesteadbound, it was a fantastic surprise, we had a wonderful time, all thanks to cloverleaf!!

      Many thanks, best wishes MM

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      mathair 5 years ago from Ireland

      What a wonderful story and what a brilliant place to spend New Years!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi mathair, what a way to see in the the New Year - with an absolutely fantastic firework show in the park! the atmosphere was incredible!

      It was a wonderful surprise, many thanks for your comments, best wishes MM

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      David Stillwell 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

      wow... I think I was excited as you were waiting to find out what the secret was... cloverleaf rocks... A great hub and I loved the photographs...I found myself smiling while reading and enjoying the photo's... thank you!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi dave, yeah you're right cloverleaf rocks!! The build up was so exciting and we just had the best time ever in Disneyland.

      Glad you enjoyed reading, best wishes MM

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      You know you did good as a parent when a daughter does something as amazing as that! Great hub!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      What a wonderful surprise for both of you and what a wonderful daughter to think of giving to her mother and brother in that way, good job Mom! The pictures were fabulous and I could feel the excitement of the trip through your hub.

      My mom planned a trip for us to Europe when I graduated college. Although it wasn't a surprise, we crammed in more than what was humanly possible as well. Fantastic memories, thanks for sharing.

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      Lynn S. Murphy 5 years ago

      What a lovely surprise and from the pix looks like a fun time was had by all. I'm impressed how long and well she kept the secret. I'd have caved. lol!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      What a great story and what a nice daughter.

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      JinnyMarte 5 years ago

      Wow MovieMaster this is such a wonderful read. I couldn't hide the excitement as I kept on reading! It was almost as if I was in your skin. My tears peeked in at the moment the great secret was revealed in that bus. Wonderfully written and uniquely heart warming to see how you have such a beautiful family! I love this!!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi cclitgirl, I guess I must have done something right, she certainly is very special!!

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment, it's very much appreciated, best wishes MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi cardelean, even now when I think about it, I am just blown away by Cloverleafs's surprise, it was so very special!

      what a wonderful way to celebrate your graduation, I bet you had a fantastic time!

      Many thanks for your comments, take care MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Lynn, I really just don't know how she kept it secret for so long and after the phonecall in November, we nearly drove her nuts asking questions and she still didn't cave in, amazing!!!

      Thank you for your comments, they are much appreciated, best wishes MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi moonlake, it was a wonderful surprise and cloverleaf is a very special daughter, I'm a lucky Mum!!

      Thank you for your comments, take care MM

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Jinny, thank you so much for your wonderful comments, they mean a great deal to me, best wishes MM

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      2uesday 5 years ago

      What a lovely true story and the photos that go with it are wonderful too. It made me smile reading it, thank you.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi 2uesday, It was a wonderful surprise and we had the most fantastic time, glad you enjoyed reading!

      Many thanks for your comments, best wishes MM

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      Brian Leekley 5 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Movie Master, thanks for sharing your and Cloverleaf's delightful experience.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi B. Leekley, thank you for stopping by and your comments, we had a fabulous time!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      What a wonderful surprise! This really made me smile, and it looks like you had a great time too! Such a lovely present. And I love your new photo, great to see you! lol!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Nell, it was a wonderful surprise and we had a fantastic time!

      Glad you like the new photo, I have grown up to celebrate 100 hubs!

      Many thanks, take care and best wishes Lesley

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      Alex Jose 5 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      Wow what a lovely gift and lovely trip you must have had...by seeing those pictures assumed...I believe you must have had great fun isn't it..??? I voted up for this beautiful and glamorous hub with pics.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Alex, yes it was a wonderful gift and surprise, we had a fantastic time - thank you for reading, your comments and votes, they are much appreciated.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      Wow how totally amazing. A great hub - thank you for sharing.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi acaetnna, thank you so much for stopping by and your comments, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading!

      Have a fabulous day, take care Lesley

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      J.P. 5 years ago

      Beautiful story ! Your a lucky mom to have awonderfully thoughtful daughter :) Great hub,I voted up all the way across , good to see you still writing , have a wonderful evening :) Friends as always ,

      J.P.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi J.P. Yes, I certainly am a very lucky mum!

      Many thanks for reading and the votes, it's much appreciated, take care and best wishes Lesley

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      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Wow, that is one BIG surprise. What a wonderful thing your daughter did. You will always have those amazing memories. What a great daughter! I just love the pictures, especially the one where it looks like your both holding the Eiffel tower. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful trip.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Minnetonka Twin, it was just the 'best' surprise! we had a fantastic time, I'm such a lucky mum. I enjoyed sharing the story here, it bought back some wonderful memories! Many thanks for reading and your comments.

      Enjoy your weekend, best wishes Lesley

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      acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

      Wow what fun to read and the pictures - well - they were simply amazing!

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi acaetnna, many thanks for stopping by and your great comments - glad you enjoyed reading!

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      How thoughtful of your daughter to have had planned a special surprise for you & your son for the past 12 months! Very obvious that it paid off - three of you had a wonderful time by the way of your nice photos! A sweet hub! Thank you for sharing your treasured moments with us!

      Thanks for SHARING. Beautiful & Awesome. Voted up

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi ishwaryaa22, it was a wonderful surprise and we had a fantastic time - thank you for reading and the votes too!

      Best wishes Lesley

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