A couple weeks ago, I got a call from a rep at a marketing company in New York who said, “Is this Jennifer Horne?”
I said, “Yes.”
He said, “You may be the potential winner of a Disney Cruise from the ABC show America’s Funniest Videos. Did you enter the on-line contest?”
“Yes,” I said, thinking that I had just entered over the weekend and finding this call a bit surreal.
The marketing rep went on to explain that I was the potential winner until I could complete some paperwork to prove that I am who I say I am, and when that was complete, he could call me and tell me officially that I was the winner.
I was excited about winning a Disney Cruise, but, of course, the prize is a trip for 4. We have 6. Later the marketing rep called and said Disney would do their best to give me the best deal to add two more to the trip. Yesterday, I got a call from the cruise line that sealed the deal for us that only 4 of us would be able to go on the trip. I should be happy, but I am a bit sad. I guess I have learned I shouldn’t enter contests for trips for 4.
We didn’t tell the kids about the prize until it was announced on tv tonight. They were excited, but as we have decided that I will take the 3 older kids on the trip and Mark and Charis will “do something else fun,” there were some tears amidst the excitement.
What’s strange about this prize is the timing. We would never consider making a trip like this ourselves. We really never go on real vacations of any sort because of income limitations. But if we were in a more stable position financially, we might have seriously considered paying for the two other passengers. As it is, we aren’t really sure it will work for any of us to go. But it was sort of fun to see my name on national TV along with a photo of the family. We also received some well wishes from people we hadn’t told about winning.
I’ll keep you posted about our plans as summer approaches and we see how life unfolds for us.