Sometimes I imagine living in the world Walt dreamed of. I am not talking about the “World” I visit each year but the one where everyone would be nice to one another. Where neighbors cared for each other and families could spend time together without feeling all the pressure of society to try to keep up with the Joneses. In fact, one of my favorite quotes by Walt refers to this very idea:
“Why do we have to grow up? I know more adults who have the children’s approach to life. They’re people who don’t give a hang what the Joneses do. You see them at Disneyland every time you go there. They are not afraid to be delighted with simple pleasures, and they have a degree of contentment with what life has brought – sometimes it isn’t much, either.” Walt Disney
I live in a nice neighborhood in one of the fastest growing cities in Texas and I consider myself to be blessed. Texans, in general, are a friendly crowd – and, no, I’m not biased. However, I cannot get over the fact that I have neighbors on both sides of my house who, even when spoken to, will not speak. Wouldn’t it be great if we could pick and choose our neighborhoods based on our likes and interests? We could have a whole neighborhood wherein every person was a Disney lover. It sounds warm and friendly, doesn’t it?
Thankfully, my family has been blessed with the friendship of another family who loves Disney just as much as we do. In fact, my friend Susan’s Tigger collection could rival any in the world bar none! We have caravanned to Disney twice with our friends, the Schultzes. We all went together in November, 2005 and then again this past Thanksgiving 2009. We have spent hours designing our trips, planning our dining plan meals, deciding which parks to visit on which days, and counting down together as we get ready to head off. We have had Sunday afternoon dinners where foods from Disney park recipes were prepared and enjoyed and followed by exciting trip planning sessions.
Having other friends who love Disney as much as we do is such a wonderful gift. Walt wanted people to come to the park and be happy, then leave the park and take that happy, infectious spirit back home with them. As someone who absolutely loves Walt Disney, I’d like to think he would be pleased with our kindness and concern for each other and the people around us. It makes everyone feel a little better. I know we can’t walk around carelessly with our head in the clouds, but we can keep looking up. So, turn off all your instant-bad-news-delivery devices for a while and hook up with some Disney lovers around your community. Partake in life the way it was meant to be enjoyed – the Disney way! If you happen to live on the Texas Gulf Coast, send me a message. I’ve been lookin’ for ya!
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