Hello, my fellow WOE Friends,
I hope you’re enjoying the latest WOE Short Story; Drugs can Kill. What will happen to Beverly and Pam? You’ll be happy to know Part 4., The Conclusion, will be online this Friday!
This week’s interview is with the Cruz Family. I met them about a month ago. We met at the MoonEatery, the restaurant in NASA: Mission Space, located in The Dark Room.
The Cruz family are; Alex, the father; Alice, the mother; and Karen, the daughter. Also, with them on vacation, is April, Karen’s friend.
We sat down for appetizers, and a nice lunch and Alex told me a most exciting story.
I hope you enjoy the interview with the Crux Family; Do you believe in Magic?
“It’s very nice to meet you all. I always look forward to hearing how the WOE has impacted employees and guests,” I started with.
“It is a pleasure to meet you as well, Peter. We loved your WOE Story and felt like we have a story you’ll love," Alex started with.
“My wife, Alice, and I celebrated our 25th anniversary the other day, here at the WOE.”
“Congratulations!” I replied.
“Thank you. But it almost didn’t happen. You see, we have been planning this two-week trip for many years. We thought about going to England, Paris, Rome, but we wanted more than anything to relax, have fun, and not be rushed.
Plus, Karen is only twelve, so we weren’t sure how much she would enjoy seeing museums and historical landmarks. Here, we can spend time together enjoying shows and attractions; but also, she and April can take off on their own and enjoy Fun Town USA and The State Fair by themselves. We don’t have to worry about anything bad happening to them, like kidnapping or other possible issues. Alice and I can then have time to ourselves.
I am a salesman for a restaurant equipment company that sells to other businesses. The competition is fierce, especially dealing with so many online companies, willing to sell cheaper because they have less overhead. My commission has steadily gone down over the years, and it was getting challenging to save for this trip.
We had already been WOE Members for several years and enjoy the WOE LIVE TV channel and the radio station, The Power Station. We bought non-refundable plane tickets months ago to save money.
We were all geared to come when two weeks before we were to leave, Alice was involved in a car accident. While slowing down for traffic on the interstate, she was hit from behind by another driver, who then sped away. The impact pushed the trunk into the backseat. Luckily, Karen and I weren’t with her, or Karen could have been killed.
Alice spent the next two weeks in the hospital recovering from whiplash, severe bruising and small fractures. Her new wedding ring we both picked out and were saving for this trip was in her purse, but it was never found.
The airline refused to refund our money, nor could they accommodate us for a later date.
I contacted WOE Guests Care, and they were able to help us move our hotel reservations one week out, and they gave us free airline tickets to get here.
Here we are, one week later than we were supposed to be, attending a magic show at the Houdini Theater, with Illusionist Mr. Minselli. 45-minutes into this remarkable show, Mr. Minselli asked for a woman volunteer.
Karen and I were pointing to Alice, without her knowing about it. Mr. Minselli came over our way, looked at Alice, and then said, 'Looks like we have a volunteer.'
Alice was in shock, and at first, refused to go. But the crowd cheered her on and she finally gave in. She went up on stage, where Mr. Minselli asked her, ‘Alice, do you believe in Magic?’
She said, ‘A little.’
‘Well then, I guess I’ll have to make you a real believer,' Mr. Minselli replied. 'You see, sometimes, magic is not what you expect, but rather what you don’t expect, that makes it magical.'
Alice then helped Mr. Minselli perform an escape from a straitjacket. She was having a ball and enjoying herself. She left the stage to a nice round of applause from the light-hearted banter she and Mr. Minselli exchanged on stage.
When the show was over, we got our picture taken with him, and he said to her, 'Thanks for being my assistant. Do you believe in magic now?'
She replied, 'A little more.'
After, the four of us went to eat at the Magic Plate Restaurant. Before the meal came, Alice was digging around in her purse for some Chapstick, when she pulled out this little box.
‘What’s this?’ she asked.
‘Looks like some sort of ring box,’ I said. ‘Open it up.’
She opened the box and started crying. ‘Oh my God!' she said. 'I can’t believe you did this, Alex. How sweet.’
‘The ring. You found the ring.’
She showed it to me, and it was indeed the ring. But I never found the ring. I explained that to her.
‘Then how did it get here?’
Then Alice looked at the bottom of the ring box, and there was a tiny note attached to the base. It said, ‘I bet you believe in magic now, Alice.’
We were astonished! The next day, we found Mr. Minselli and thanked him. We asked how he did it, and he merely said, ‘It’s magic!’”
Thanks for reading! Until next time,