Life Lessons I Learned At The Hello Kitty Cafe

Posted in Bucket List, Life Lately
on June 8, 2017

Just this past Memorial Day weekend, my hubby and I were heading up to Frankenmuth, Michigan’s Little Bravaria. We go up every year for their Annual Dog Bowl & Balloon Festival (which I’ll share with you in blog posts soon).  I had noticed on Instagram that the Hello Kitty Cafe was going to be at a local mall that day, and lo and behold, it just so happened to be on our route up north. So, we packed our bags, got in the car, and began our adventure up north for the weekend.

The plan was to make a quick stop at the mall, buy some macaroons from the glorious hot pink van, & be on our way.  But boy, our day turned out entirely different than our perfectly planned excursion…

{The top two photos in this post are borrowed from the Hello Kitty Cafe’s Facebook page and are not my own.}

I have loved Hello Kitty ever since I was a little girl.  I remember going to the Hallmark store with my mom, and standing in front of the shelves filled with Hello Kitty items.  I would beg to buy a new diary, or pens, or stickers.

I had long forgotten about this childhood memory until years later when my 3-year-old niece at the time requested Hello Kitty rain boots for her birthday.  Suddenly I was reintroduced to the Hello Kitty world, and I loved it!  I went completely overboard that birthday and bought her rain boots, an umbrella, a rain coat, and more… all Hello Kitty themed.  I was in Heaven.

The Hello Kitty items were perfect for her 3rd Birthday trip to the Detroit Zoo that day.  That birthday trip is a story in and of itself.  3 year olds are not easy, as many of you mommies understand.  Our fun birthday day started out with an hour-long time out, an “accident” on the hardwood floors, and a complete outfit change.

But, once her tears faded, and the rain stopped falling outside, we finally made it to the zoo.  We rode the train and danced in puddles.  We even went to the cupcake shop afterwards, and ate Hello Kitty cupcakes!  How perfect!

I say all of this to explain why I wanted to visit the Hello Kitty Cafe.  Not only is this sweet kitty part of my childhood memories, but my nieces as well.  Not to mention, you can’t visit a Hello Kitty Cafe unless you want to travel to Japan.

I thought I was a fan, until I met several people in line who took their love for Hello Kitty to the next level.

Never in a million years did I ever expect the line for the Cafe to be so long.  Apparently, Hello Kitty has a lot of fans.

I assumed based on what everyone was saying on Instagram, that we’d probably have to wait for an hour…maybe two.  But, I was way off base with my time assumption.

That day, I’m embarrassed to admit it, we (yes, Adam didn’t abandon me in line!) waited for four hours to purchase cookies and cake from a hot pink Hello Kitty truck.

I know, I know.  Many of my friends and family members have already questioned my sanity on this one.  But, I have to say, I’m glad we waited.

Not to get too philosophical here, but as we stood there in line, I thought about how this was a lot like life.  Well, my life at least.  Maybe for you things have come quickly and easily, but I’d dare say that that’s not the case for everybody.

If you are new to my blog, you probably haven’t heard that we’ve been in a 7 year battle with infertility.  We’ve been waiting patiently, sometimes not so patiently, for our little miracle baby.

There have been times I’ve wondered if I should abandon my dream of being a mom, much I thought about giving up my spot in line that day.  But, I’ve learned over the years, that sometimes the sweetest, most precious moments in life come after a season of waiting.

We finally made it to the Hello Kitty Cafe window, and I tried to relish in the moment as much as I could as we ordered our petite cakes and macaroons.  I even took a few pictures.  But, quickly the experience was over.

All that time waiting in line, feeling like my feet were on fire, listening to all the little girls chant “Hello Kitty”…all that time, and it was over.

Isn’t that just like life as well.  Sometimes we wait and wait and wait for this one big moment to happen, and then once it’s over all we have left are memories and photos.

My poor Adam won husband of the year award that day!  He said, “I hope this was worth it to you”.  And, it was.  When it was all said and done, I was happy walking out of the mall with my pink bag filled with goodies and a souvenir mug.

So, yes, we were some of those crazies that waited forever and a day in line just to use our own money to purchase some desserts.  Yep, that’s how we roll!  Our waiting that day payed off in rainbow colored macaroons and too cute to eat miniature cakes.

Can an I encourage you today, friend, that if you find yourself in a “Season of Wait”, to find the joy and excitement that we often times miss?  Can I encourage you to take pictures, make bucket lists, & enjoy your life!  So many times we focus so much on the finish line, that we miss the joy in the journey.

Who would’ve ever thought that day that God would teach me some lessons on patience in the line for the Hello Kitty Cafe.

Here’s our Photogallery from our 4 Hour Wait…

{Close enough to touch the van…Hallelujah!!}

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