Do you remember being too young to understand logic
and filled with wonder at the most common events?
I believed that money appeared in my mom's bank
account when ever she wrote a check, and the telephone
was a magical apparatus that just "knew" where the
other person you wanted to talk with was and rang
them there. Can you remember those hours upon hours
of playing a make believe that was SO real it took
a few minutes to reorient when the supper call came?
Ahhh, we say, "Those were the days of innocence
At some point, it seems, we traded in magic and
make believe for carkeys, credit cards, and facts.
Instead of magical solutions that evoked wonder
and awe, we balanced the positive and negative facts,
in hopes of finding "good sense". And many would
be quick to add, "Good sense is a good thing. Someone
has to make sure those kids get fed while they play
make believe." That's the truth.
Still, I claim my right to a sense of "wonder and
innocence" even while I am being a responsible adult.
The first few times I stood in Tinkerbell's Shoppe
(in the Magic Kingdom's FantasyLand), I had to pretend
I was a small child again in order to believe the
tinkling sparkles twinkling across the wall was,
indeed, Tinkerbell making her way from magic box
to magic box. The first few times I hugged Minnie
Mouse at a character meal, I had to pretend I was
a small child again in order to feel the wonder
and love overflowing in my heart. The first few
times I walked into the Temple of Heaven in China
Pavilion of the World Showcase, I had to pretend
I was a small child again in order to believe I
was standing in a prayer with a direct line to heaven....
After the first times, though, it got easier and
easier to remember and be "Innocent Faith" and feel
"Wonder and Awe" in the beauty and inherent Grace
in Life. Now, I carry magic coins with me everywhere
in the World, because all of the fountains are for
making wishes come true. See how that is?
In these times of uncertaintly, when our adult selves
seem powerless in the enormonity of hard and sad
facts, perhaps it is a wise and good thing to reclaim
our ability to make wishes for happy endings and
believe in the power of good; the ability fight
and make up, make a mistake and turn it into a learning
of great character, stand for what we value in the
face of all odds and claim victory because we "believe".
Perhaps, it is time to let our children take us
by the hands and show us again the power of innocence
and the magic of wonder. If you can do it anywhere,
you can do it at Disney World. Whether we are making
wishes for world peace in magic fountains, laughing
in joy with our families, or letting the magic of
dreams coming true wrap us in hope and faith for
a new day, we are reclaiming the good feelings and
happy thoughts that make anything possible. That's
why I say NOW is a very good time to visit Disney