Monday, October 14, 2013

Tapping Into the Magic

My friend’s little girl is five years old. She just started kindergarten. Just like most kids and parents their day is a marathon -  breakfast, getting ready for the school bus, preparing breakfast and lunch and packing lunch, getting little girl on the bus, going to work and school, afterschool program, homework, dinner, bath, story and bedtime. It is a very full day. Parents and kids are always busy!

Sometimes, if I am at their house and there is a brief moment of stall in the works (like not wanting hair brushed after bath time) I help out with an, always successful, story of adventure in Disney World.

“OK now, should we do a Disney story?” I ask. The answer is always a resounding “Yes!” It’s followed by “Once upon a time a little girl and her mommy and her aunt Judy were sitting in the living room and the couch began to lift into the air. As they were floating they looked down and what do you think they saw?”

“They were over the Magic Kingdom!” “Yes!” I answer. From there she takes over and talks about all of the different places we go once we land. We cover 4 parks in one day! We see characters, go on rides, eat treats, (and even go swimming while we’re at it!).

We tell the Adventurous Disney Story, until all the knots are out and the hair is done. No tears, no whining, just happy. The upshot of the adventure is a recount of our trip to Disney World.

It’s not exclusively about the hair tangles, or the homework, or the fact that there are just not enough hours in the day to get it done.  Life is hard work and we need those magical happy breaks, because the reason for the hard work should be the end result of happiness. We need that reminder.

The complete focus on Disney is happiness and fun. Even just a few days a year linked together of straight up fun is never forgotten. No place accomplishes that better than Disney. It’s a place that inspires us to tap into the happy. 

I look at the schedules of all the people around me, including me, and I know, we all need a little Disney.

Hopefully we all have moments of happy every day, but having that one place where it starts when you get there, and lasts forever – there’s nothing else like it.

Creating happy memories creates happy children (and adults). Tap into those memories and recharge, advance, and “bloom.” So, “Whistle while you work,” and start thinking about that next trip!

Contributed by Judy Dulberg

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