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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Beloved Disney

Our trip to Disneyland this spring really brought me back to my childhood. We went into this really cool exhibit that was all about the animation process. When you walked into the room, there were 17 huge cinema size screens all around the room. On each screen was a different scene from a particular Disney movie all to the tune of a well edited Disney ballad medley.

I'm still not sure why, but I was so moved by this room, it actually brought me to tears. It was something about the way I felt so small in that vast space and watching other young women of all ages mouthing the words of "Part of Your World" from the Little Mermaid. There were so many people, and I knew none of them and I got the sense that they all had the same fondness and the same familiarity with those images and songs. All the emotions and memories of being a little girl came back, kind of like revisiting your childhood home in a way. It was the soundtrack of my childhood.

I remembered swimming in my cousin Laura's pool, swirling our hair into "mermaid" dos and singing and laughing and splashing. Oh, such fond memories. I recently inherited all the classics on VHS and last weekend I went and bought a VCR at a rummage sale for a buck. I can't tell you how much fun I've had reminiscing with all my old friends these last few days. I hope some day Calvin will enjoy them, at least a little, because I secretly enjoy watching them too :)

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