The Princess & the Mouse

I came across these photographs while cleaning out some drawers and cabinets this afternoon.  There is something about living in Florida and in such close proximity to Disney World that makes parents go overboard with the Disney crap.  But it’s oh so cute!

I had completely forgotten about this moment.  Elle was like the little caretaker each time M’s mousehead hood caused her to lose her balance and make her go tumbling backward.  The poor kid could hardly walk, flailing around like a drunk when her heavy mousehead tipped to the right…to the left…forward, backward…anywhere.  M’s mother finally got her to look down and, for just a few seconds, M stayed upright for me to snap this shot.  Then down she went, face first…

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Hint to parents: There’s really no point in taking your kid to Disney World until they are at least old enough to wipe their own butt.  Seriously.  You’ll be out a couple hundred bucks, aggravated by the amount of rude and sweaty people and their obnoxious children, and your kid won’t remember a single thing about it.  Instead, wait a few years and take them to Sea World then plan a trip to Disney World for the following year.  Oh, but Lego Land is opening next year?  Well, this whole plan to avoid having to go back to Disney World is working out quite splendidly, isn’t it?

Honestly, I do love this picture.  Elle’s so little here, so hopeful, and she was so excited to meet Cinderella that we had a difficult time prying her away from the Castle because Elle was sure her favorite princess would be coming outside to play any minute! 

Elle never did get to meet her favorite princess but she was just as happy to meet Mary Poppins and Pluto.  She loved playing in Mickey’s house, opening the refrigerator and counting how many different kinds of cheese were stored inside.  The ferry ride across the lake, the hotel with a waterpark right outside the room, the ice cream shaped like Mickey’s ears!!!  SHE LOVED IT! 

But, of course, she doesn’t remember any of this.

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About Dena

I'm a suburban Clevelander by way of Oklahoma City, by way of North Florida, by way of Southern Maryland, by way of Upper Michigan, by way of Northern Italy, by way of Lower Michigan, by way of Texas. Because of living in so many places, I have something in common with almost everyone I meet. I love reading, writing, and American history (especially reading or writing about American history). I'm interested in culture of place, historical trauma, and writing about the kinds of histories most people don't know about.
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One Response to The Princess & the Mouse

  1. Chris says:

    Sigh, I remember the trips to Disney and I remember losing the magic as I got older. But while it lasted….holy moly. I’m glad you kept these and it makes me feel bad for never taking Trev there. But I grew to hate the place when I got older.

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