Saying I love @waltdisneyworld
is likely an understatement. After all, the joy, the food, the scenery, the characters, the weather, the magic... what’s not to love. BUT...
This photo perhaps more than any other describes why I REALLY love Disney. My precious little daughter has been going through shyness/separation anxiety when it comes to being around strangers or being away from me (aka “Mom”). And Disney was no exception to the rule. Throw in exhaustion, over stimulation, and long days... E began to cry because she so badly wanted to go by Elastigirl and join the big Disney dance party and limbo event with her cousin and younger sister; but, she just couldn’t bring herself to go. Despite my coaxing, supporting, etc. she stood on the sidelines watching others participate while she cried. 😢
All that changed when Elastigirl spotted her. Despite the crowds full of other kids, she walked over grabbed E’s hand and took her out on the dance floor (only after embracing her in a comforting hug first (swipe to see). By then the limbo event (with the official pole) had ended so Elastigirl gathered the other cast members to use their hands and create a limbo event just for E and Elastigirl. .
Not only did this moment create a lasting memory that E has yet to stop talking about, but it gave her the confidence to go up to the next character she saw without coaxing. Furthermore, it provided me with a feeling like none other. As a parent we want the best for our children and every time their heart breaks, ours does tenfold. So when I saw her crying on the sidelines, I couldn’t help shedding a tear or two myself... and when I saw her enjoy herself and gain that comfort from none other than Elastigirl... my heart exploded. So for that, and so much more I will forever be grateful for Disney and Elastigirl. ❤️ I only wish Elastigirl new just how much of a difference she truly made. ❤️