My wife and I have had the honor and privilege to watch our kids grow and prosper. The two things that have been consistent since our eldest blessed us with her presence some 30 years ago is their love for each other and the love of children movies and Costumes. Like many parents, we mark our children’s growth through the costumes worn and the love of children movies (mainly Disney). Each of them grew up with a movie or two that they loved and a costume that they did not take off! I remember my middle son and daughter wore their Hercules and Esmerelda costumes when they were little for some part of 20 days straight. (I also find it amazing that you can give a young boy two action figures and he will be perfectly content smacking them together for 2 – 3 hours – but that is for another time). Here is my best attempt to name each of my kid’s favorite children movies and the impact on their lives.
The eldest’s favorite movie was a toss-up between Land Before Time and The Little Mermaid. Her most cherished gift was a stuffed stegosaurus named Spike from the first movie. I remember the many band-aids on Spike, until the band-aids no longer worked. This occurred just recently when Spike 2 (the first one was lost) was chewed up by her Pitbull Lacey! She loved these two movies and they represent elements of her personality. She is adventurous, and family focused like Ariel and Little foot, seeking out the new while caring for the past.
My second daughter’s favorite movie was the Hunchback of Notre Dame and Like Esmerelda, she is empathetic to those less fortunate. She is a defender of the weak against the strong and cares for those less fortunate. She can see beyond the exterior (like the Hunchback) to see the good in all.
My only son was enamored with Hercules and rightfully so. He is courageous and strong of mind and body. He often wore his Hercules breastplate while running through the house; shielded yet always pressing forward.
The youngest loved Mulan. Brave and against stereotype, she is brave and smart beyond her years. She takes on the impossible and brings honor to our house. She is also funny like the dragon sidekick of Mulan.
Isn’t it funny how we can trace our life through movies! 30 years of Disney, memories and kids. A great investment!
Some invest in stocks,
Others purchase gold,
Other invest in real estate,
And Futures bought and sold,
But we invest in our kids,
My lovely wife and I,
And moments like the one below,
Make me want to cry,
And thankfulness unbound,
With joyfulness and love,
And smiles all around!