Sunday, December 09, 2007
When I was a little girl, I went to Disneyland twice each summer.
Yep, you read that right...TWICE each and every summer.
Why, you ask? Well, my father, an elementary school teacher, needed to supplement his income. So, he and a fellow teacher, borrowed money, worked hard, and opened a well-respected summer day camp in L.A.
The camp ran two sessions each summer. And each session consisted of various field trips...Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Mattel Toys, and Helms Bakery, to name a few.
This was how I spent each summer, until I turned 10...the year my father died. The next summer, my mother would run the camp with my dad's partner, one last time.
I was reminded of all that last weekend when I went to see the latest Disney blockbuster..."Enchanted".
It is a tribute to all things Disney...and they were not afraid to make fun of themselves. (Of course, putting McDreamy in the staring role, didn't exactly hurt).
Isn't it strange how a movie can take you into the hidden corners of your mind...corners that have gone unnoticed for years.
Movies, just like music, have a way of transporting us to another time, place, or emotion that has gone unexplored for years.
Maybe that's exactly why we go to movies. To relive long lost feelings. To escape to another time and place.
As the movie Enchanted moved along, I found myself giggling like a little girl...enjoying every aspect of this movie. I felt slightly silly. Until I realized that an entire audience was enjoying it just as much as I was. I wasn't the only one finding their way back to a simpler moment in time.
Maybe it's that Disney is a constant in our lives. Always there, always dependable. Disneyland is, after all, the happiest place on earth. Disney characters find their way to the hearts of generation after generation.
Even when everything else changes or falls apart, Disney is always there.
I guess we need to be able to escape to those corners.
We need constants.
We need the things that connect us to the warm, safe places that exist in our hearts and minds.
Even if it's just for a mere 90 minutes.
A little sappy...maybe...but, hey...
for connecting me to memories of my past, and for memories yet to come.