I can not imagine my world without Mickey Mouse. He has been a part of my life since the age of 3 when I first lay eyes on him while in Walt Disney World for the first time, and I am privileged to have been able to pass the love for this amazing pop culture icon down to my 2 little boys.
Mickey is a part of our every day lives in many ways. I must admit I have logged an awful lot of time on the telephone with Mr. Mouse. If my husband could take a look at my imaginary phone bill he would probably be alarmed that I might be being unfaithful to him with old Mickey! How many of you have said “If you don’t stop that right now, I am calling Mickey!” If you have never used this threat than you are a better Neurotic Disney Mom than I, because when my boys are getting a little out of hand I have been known to throw this statement out at them. If they don’t stop what ever naughtiness they are into at the mere mention of these words, then the phone gets picked up, some random numbers get punched, and I have a conversation with Mickey about how naughty children are not by any means allowed at his home. The conversation is always ended with “Yes Mickey, thank you, I will tell them what they have to do to redeem themselves.” My almost 5 year old looks so forward to his trips to Walt Disney World every summer, so whatever Mickey says, goes! If Mickey is not happy with his behavior then you better believe it is getting turned right around! At least for a couple minutes…
Mickey is not only a source of good behavior motivation for my boys, but he is also a great friend, and play mate. They treasure the baby Mickeys they each got on their first trips to Disney, as well as many other stuffed Mickeys, plastic Mickeys, Mickey plates, cups, bowls, clothing…we have it all. I have even heard them talking to an imaginary Mickey as if he is sitting right there next to him.
When we go to Walt Disney World, the morning of our first full day is always spent at the Contemporary Resort, eating breakfast with Chef Mickey! This allows meeting Mickey himself to be the very first thing on our vacation agenda. If it weren’t, the boys wouldn’t stop complaining about when we were going to see Mickey, until I tracked him down! Seeing Mickey just once in a vacation of course is not enough. We always make sure to stop by and spend some time with him again at Epcot’s Character Spot and of course to spot him and wave and he rides by in the parades. The boys just know that he is looking right at them as his raises his white gloved hands in the air during Fantasmic.
I have such admiration for Walt Disney for creating such a lovable, memorable, and timeless character in Mickey. So I ask you, how has he influenced your life and the lives of your children? Let none of us ever forget, “It all started with a mouse”.