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1049.5 #140 DL Qual #491 7-18-11 1:17AM
NOVEL (sorry - and I know it's a bit late, but I still want to say it): At Admin’s suggestion, I’d like to share how Walt’s dream has affected my life. My first trip to Disneyland, at age 5, came about as a result of something good coming out of something bad. Before I was born, my dad had sustained severe head injuries in an explosion at his work. After a stint in intensive care and a lot of therapy, he went on to fight a protracted court battle that was finally settled in our Supreme Court when I was 4. That payout meant that our little working-class family had the opportunity to fulfill some dreams that would otherwise have been out of our reach. One of these was a trip to Disneyland. For a little girl, still full of magic and the belief in Santa and fairies (that actually never changed), coming from a very quiet, isolated part of the world to Disneyland was tantamount to walking through a movie screen into a total fantasy. That’s the only way I can describe it. I remember staying at a local motel the night before where all the bushes were neatly clipped into the shapes of Disney characters and I remember being so sick with excitement the night before that I threw up. The day itself is kind of lost in the mists of time and my dad’s old Super 8 films, but I know this: that day ignited something in me that was never extinguished. I was able to visit Disneyland many more times after that, starting with my next trip at age 7 when we arrived to live in LA for a few years and going to Disneyland for both class trips and family ones. And the thing about it that resonates me the most is that walking under that sign on the tunnels under the railroad is truly the gateway to an alternative reality - where everyone can be a child, where Mickey Mouse is real, where there’s a new adventure to be had with every step, and magic is always possible and probable. Now I live far away, but because of MW, Disneyland is a part of my life - and my children’s lives - every day. And for that, I’m very thankful.
beautiful story, BLG. thanks for sharing. i enjoyed your novel. :) - nicoleface   1746.7 #71 7-18-11 1:19AM Like  Reply
awe beautiful story BLG thanks for sharing! :) - MinnieNikki   88.1 #3526 7-18-11 1:20AM Like  Reply
Very nice BLG. - unclebeezy   246.3 #1258 7-18-11 1:20AM Like  Reply
@nicoleface I just realized we wrote close to the same thing haha but I guess we both felt the same way lol - MinnieNikki   88.1 #3526 7-18-11 1:21AM Like  Reply
Very inspirational story. I'm glad you can still enjoy disneyland even from far away. - OneRareRose   141.1 #2697 7-18-11 1:23AM Like  Reply
haha @minnienikki, i'm sure we both shared the sentiment. - nicoleface   1746.7 #71 7-18-11 1:24AM Like  Reply
When am I gonna learn every time I read one of these stories I need box of kleenex because at least I know I am gonna be teary eyed at the end! - WaltSentMe   323.6 #676 7-18-11 1:30AM Like  Reply
So sweet. Thank you for sharing BLG :) - TigerLily   228.0 #1501 7-18-11 1:35AM Like  Reply
Beautiful story - Ms.Mouseketeer   1005.7 #148 7-18-11 1:40AM Like  Reply
Beautiful BLG. Thank you for sharing this with us~  - DisneyFanZoe   1106.9 #130 7-18-11 2:58AM Like  Reply
Awesome! You said it best when you said everything is alive when you walk under that bridge including mickey mouse! - SupremeLeader   395.4 #485 7-18-11 3:04AM Like  Reply
Thank you. And it was really lovely video chatting with you girls tonight in spite of that annoying delay  - BLG   1049.5 #140 7-18-11 4:01AM Like  Reply
Yes it was! Us 3 stoppped and waited for your reaction. It was funny each time to see it. I wish we could have talked longer. I wonder if your night and our day would be better for you. ??  - DisneyFanZoe   1106.9 #130 7-18-11 4:10AM Like  Reply
Might be a bit of an early morning for you lot. I would have a problem here chatting after about 10pm my time because our house is small and it would disturb the sleeping ppl. - BLG   1049.5 #140 7-18-11 4:16AM Like  Reply
Well Pooh. I guess we'll just have to hop on a plane and crash on your sofa.  Maybe once your kiddos are back in school it will be easier. After you left we talked about the birth/cult stories. We all can't wait! But once my son is back in school, there is no way I can stay up this late.  - DisneyFanZoe   1106.9 #130 7-18-11 4:23AM Like  Reply
That'll work then. Like the middle of next week... - BLG   1049.5 #140 7-18-11 4:26AM Like  Reply
I'll be out of town from Weds to Fri. So next Sun, your Mon?? - DisneyFanZoe   1106.9 #130 7-18-11 4:31AM Like  Reply
Pretty sure, we are literally the only 2 on MW right now.  - DisneyFanZoe   1106.9 #130 7-18-11 4:32AM Like  Reply
I know! Used to be ONM and me back in the day. We used to start new posts so we owned the whole of page one by the time everyone woke up. Actually Sunday's around 10am my time (7pm Saturday for you) is usually great as no one else is home but me. - BLG   1049.5 #140 7-18-11 4:35AM Like  Reply
Beautiful and touching, BLG. - Candace   1737.8 #72 7-18-11 4:40AM Like  Reply
Great! We can plan for then! I'll tell the others, I'm sure it would work out.  - DisneyFanZoe   1106.9 #130 7-18-11 4:41AM Like  Reply
Alright, just feel asleep phone in hand. Time for bed. Good night/day BLG!  - DisneyFanZoe   1106.9 #130 7-18-11 4:46AM Like  Reply
Thx, Candace. Night, Zoe. - BLG   1049.5 #140 7-18-11 5:09AM Like  Reply
Awesome story BLG!!! - Rob512   756.3 #205 7-18-11 5:10AM Like  Reply
What a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing, BLG! - StephiePooh   572.6 #297 7-18-11 6:07AM Like  Reply
Thank you for sharing your story. - Tealtownfan   852.2 #175 7-18-11 6:25AM Like  Reply
BLG, that brought tears to my eyes!  I'm so glad that you're able to share this memory with all the MWers.  - PrincessSarah   167.0 #2293 7-18-11 6:28AM Like  Reply
Very nice BLG!  - Tom   6627.1 #10 7-18-11 6:29AM Like  Reply
You said it very eloquentlyThanks for sharing - disneychick   235.8 #1388 7-18-11 6:41AM Like  Reply
Great story! - p8stryqueen   162.4 #2373 7-18-11 7:08AM Like  Reply
Give me a B! *B* Give me an L! *L* Give me a G *G* BBBBLLLLGGGGG *does a back flip and waves pom poms* very sweet story, thanks for sharing :o) - MomWithAJuiceBoxBuzz   1052.0 #139 7-18-11 7:19AM Like  Reply
You're a crack-up, MWAJBB! - BLG   1049.5 #140 7-18-11 9:10AM Like  Reply
That made me tear up a little! :) I hope you can come back soon! - TandAlly   213.5 #1686 7-18-11 11:27AM Like  Reply
Thank you sharing that piece of your life. :) - buffettgrl   5.1 #15269 7-18-11 11:57AM Like  Reply
This made me tear up too, because we flew to DL from ice cold Canada when I was 5. We stayed in the garden rooms at the DL hotel, and I remember waking up at 5 am and sitting in the garden under a palm tree. I told my mom that it felt like home to me, and to please leave me in Cslifornia forever. That feeling has never changed. Thanks for stirring that memory - Missshelly   692.9 #227 7-18-11 12:02PM Like  Reply
 love your story - Dizkid   349.8 #587 7-18-11 12:03PM Like  Reply
I really appreciate the kind words. And missshelly, thank you for sharing your memory with me. I think the 5 yo usses would've been good friends  - BLG   1049.5 #140 7-18-11 7:35PM Like  Reply
Awesome story BLG! - Mando   267.9 #1050 7-19-11 2:00AM Like  Reply
Very nice story BLG - was any of it true? JUST KIDDING :) Funny the things you remember like the bushes at the motel... - msdizmaui   623.0 #272 7-19-11 2:03AM Like  Reply
Complete fabrication. How'd I do? Lol! I know what you mean - the funny little details that stand out in childhood memories. - BLG   1049.5 #140 7-20-11 12:44AM Like  Reply