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Old July 7th, 2014, 11:39 PM
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Hey everyone. New to this forum. My mom and her boyfriend have had a pretty rough year. His mom died earlier in the year and my grandma passed in April. We're all trying to deal with the unexpected losses and I decided that my mom and her bf could really use a break.

They work so hard catering to us kids and making sure we're happy even if it may be at their own expense. So we decided that we would surprise them with an Alaskan cruise! My mom has wanted to go for awhile. The big reveal will be Christmas day

So we're going to Orlando in a couple weeks and I thought I should get a plush Shamu since the orcas will likely be seen while on their cruise. I wrote a poem to go with it:

Youíve seen me in a tank
That must have been a sight
But all of us here know
I belong where weather bites
Please do not feel pity
For that is not my intent
There is something grander
I was chosen to represent
It may feel like a dream
As youíve spoken of it before
But there are no smoke and mirrors
On the Alaskan shore
Youíll be packing up your bags
And getting on a plane
In June 2015
Behind the kids remain
Youíre going on a cruise
Across the northern seas
Donít worry about the price
Or included gratuities
Enjoy this time together
Disconnected and alone
We will see you when you return
From your floating home
Together you can escape
And enjoy your time away
This is our gift to give to you
On this merry Christmas day

I was just thinking that maybe it needs a little bit more. Like a treasure hunt or something. I was thinking of putting the whale in her bathtub with the note attached and leaving clues to lead them there. Any ideas?
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Old July 8th, 2014, 02:54 AM
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Totally love your idea, let us know how it worked....
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Old July 8th, 2014, 08:41 AM
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I would make the Plush toy with the poem, the final prize in the treasure hunt. You can give clues around Orlando that take you to different places with a nautical theme. Start small and simple and work up to a big reveal. But every clue spot should have a cruise clue there.
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