I was recently telling a few ladies who take my Zumba® Fitness classes about this upcoming (sadly just ended) trip to Walt Disney World. They asked what my daughter was going to wear since they know I love getting her completely Disney-fied during our visits. (Remember my Toddler DisneyBounding post?)
As they “ooh-ed” and “ahh-ed” over this trip’s wardrobe selection, I informed them that the grown-ups are getting in on the action this year too. Well, at least for one day!
While my 4 year old would don a Minnie Mouse inspired dress, I was Disneybounding as the main mouse himself. My parents would be inspired by Donald and Goofy.
The ladies loved this and started to comment on how they wished they could get their husbands to even put on a Mickey t-shirt! I sadly could relate as my husband isn’t so much for being a goofball, even for the sake of our daughter. Don’t get me wrong, he will play with her, riding bikes, kicking a ball around and playing board games. But I’m the one who you’ll find down on the ground pretending to be lions and tigers. Yep, that’s my various voice impersonations to her favorite movie characters. We make silly faces in the mirror and have crazy, random conga lines around our kitchen.
For those of you thinking I must play the “good cop” in my parenting duo, it is the opposite actually. Just because I can have goofy time with my daughter doesn’t mean she doesn’t listen or respect what I say to her. I make sure of that. There’s a time and place for everything. And to be perfectly honest, I believe being both silly and serious helps her. My behavior signals when it’s okay to behave in a certain manner.
So as my parents represent Donald and Goofy, I can’t help but smile. I hope that’s me one day. Young at heart, full of timeless imagination and just a little bit goofy.