Disneyland is a magical place for children of all ages…even for those who have graduated from diapers to Depends. I should know, well, not because I wear Depends but because I’m a grandparent who loves the “happiest place on earth” as much as my grandchildren. Karen and I just returned from the Magic Kingdom after spending five days with our daughter Jaymi, her family and her in-laws.
Besides all the fun of meeting all the Disney characters, going on every ride (some four or five times), eating anything we want without parents or wives telling us “no” (well, at least Grandpa didn’t say “no”) and just being silly and goofy as a family, we even learned some valuable lessons such as:
- When smearing suntan lotion all over every square inch of your face, don’t forget to take off your sunglasses or there will be one very burned square inch on the bridge of your nose.
- Don’t talk about how scary certain rides are in front of the grandchildren who, before that, were excited to try out aforementioned scary rides.
- Don’t buy new shoes for Disneyland when you know you will go on rides which will get those new shoes very, very wet.
Probably the most valuable lesson I learned though was taught to me by my five-year-old granddaughter, Brooklyn. This was her first trip to Disneyland and we all were excited to see her reaction to all the Disney characters, especially to the princesses. She’s a walking encyclopedia of knowledge regarding everything about Disney princesses.
On the first day at Disney, I thought I would make some brownie points with Brooklyn by carrying on a sophisticated conversation with her about princesses. I began by asking her what color dress princess Bella wore? She looked up at me with what I can only describe as scorn and replied, “It’s not Bella, it’s Belle and I don’t think we should talk about princesses any more if you don’t even know their names.”
So one by one we followed Brooklyn as she excitedly met Aurora, Snow White, Anna, Elsa, Belle and Ariel. Then Brooklyn spotted Queen Grimhilde, the wicked Queen from Snow White. She barked out orders to the children timidly standing in line to get her autograph: “Come before me and bow. And, if you want to be a queen, you must act like a queen and never smile” She would point at the children’s parents and ask, “Are these your servants?”
Brooklyn stepped in line and she looked serious. I thought she might be afraid so I bent over and whispered in her ear, “Don’t be afraid; she’s only pretending to be mean.”
Without taking her eyes off the queen she replied, “I’m not afraid.”
Finally it was Brooklyn’s turn and she stepped toward the Evil Queen. The queen looked down at Brooklyn and said, “So, do you desire to be a queen?”
Brooklyn stared up at her and replied, “No, I want to be a princess.”
“Why would you only want to be a princess?” the queen snarled. “A queen controls a whole kingdom.”
Brooklyn stood her ground and answered, “Because queens are mean and princesses are nice.”
If you know Jesus as Lord and Savior, you are His children and rightful heirs to His Kingdom. Therefore, for those who believe, we are not paupers but princes and princesses who are in training to be nice to others along with many other important royal duties.
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Luke 6:31
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