This is the month we count our blessings and give thanks. While I am thankful and exceptionally blessed beyond belief this year for so many things, including my family and my health, this year has also found me being thankful for family I never knew I had. The Disney Family.
Growing up, I was a nerdy kid. My days were spent with my nose in a book or metal on my teeth. I spent the majority of my school years being bullied for several reasons. Sure I had friends but I could count them on one hand if I was to be honest. I was all right with that. I knew I was different. I guess you could say my love of all things Disney probably didn’t really help with the situation. After all, it wasn’t everyday you find a 16 year old who could recite just about any Disney Movie that came out and suffered from a major case of Peter Pan syndrome.
I always assumed I was the only one out there like this, and as the years went on and I went through my early twenties I relished in my love of Disney, I convinced my husband Disney wasn’t all that bad and used my powers to convert him in to another Disney nut. Together, we were happy with it, it may not be everyone’s thing and our family may think we are nuts, but it was our thing.
And we loved it.
But that’s the funny thing about adulthood you find out family is more than just blood and we tend to find our place. We find family, beyond our family. And for myself, my extended family is the Disney family, most of which I have gotten to know through the years of being involved with the Disney Parks Moms Panel process. Suddenly the very thing people thought was weird about me was the very thing that made me fit in and accepted it. It was as if they got exactly what I was about, Mickey Ears and all. In fact I soon found out, there were tons that were just like me.
We are part of one big giant Disney loving family.
I have been blessed with the chance to meet a couple of these incredible family members when I am vacationing at Walt Disney World and each time I do it has been like seeing a long lost family member I never knew I had. Still there are many of whom I will probably never get the opportunity to meet in person, but that doesn’t dilute my feelings for them. Whether I have met them or not, many may not know the true impact they have had on me. They were the first to cheer me on when I made it in to the next rounds of the Disney Parks Moms Panel, and they offered encouragement to try again when I once again didn’t make it through. They are the same people who were thrilled when we announced baby #2 was on the way, yet admitted they were going to miss having me a part of the process this year.
And I am so very thankful for them. They have helped me open up socially. No longer am I afraid to talk of my passion for Disney, no longer do I feel like I need to hide it or be ashamed of it. I have learned it is OK to be a little nutty about things, because that is what makes us who we are.
So THANK YOU, words will never express just how grateful I am to each and every one of you.