Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would be so immersed in the Disney way of life until I had a child. Of course, I grew up in Southern California with Disneyland only a short car ride from our home and even loved Disney movies into my teen years. We had become surrounded by Disney toys, clothing, and even home decor when my son arrived and we haven't turned back.
It's true that when a child becomes aware of something that is entertaining to them, that they want it over and over again. At our house it started with Finding Nemo. It was three weeks straight of Nemo, Marlin, and Dory at our house. It got to the point where my husband and I knew lines from the movie and would even quote them to each other during conversations or even through emails. This all turned into us owning almost all the stuffed toys from the movie including small characters like Sheldon and Pearl and I'm sure you can all guess what our son was for Halloween that year.
About a year ago, the same scenario played out again in our home and this time it was "Toy Story 1 & 2." Both were loved by our son and he even insisted on wearing his Woody costume to sleep. When Spring rolled around, we thought that the Easter Bunny could bring something really special for our son this year and decided that the Buzz Lightyear Action Figure would floor him. We splurged and I went online and ordered the Thinkway version. Our son's eyes were huge when he opened his Easter basket and he couldn't wait to untangle him from the mess of packaging and wires holding Buzz in his cardboard "rocket." Once he was free, the talking didn't stop. Buzz cracks a few jokes that even we as adults enjoyed. Not only does he talk, but he reacts to sound and movement and the wings light up. The things that our son remembers from the movies always amaze us but the one comment he made about the action figure made us chuckle. He opened the flap on the forearm of Buzz and asked me,
"Mommy, what is that?"
He looked at me with knowing eyes and probably expected me to respond with something factual and fun but I actually didn't know.
"I don't know. What is that?" I replied.
"That's how you call Star Command," he said.
How was I supposed to know that? It's the little things that delight a child and the fact that he could open the flap and call Star Command made his day. Oh, and did I tell you his wings and helmet open and he reacts to them when they do? Our son has taught us everything Buzz is capable of doing
Buzz has joined us at the dinner table, gone on a few car rides and has even gone to bed with our son. One night, after reading him a story, singing him a song, and tucking him into bed, he called for me a few minutes later.
"Buzz won't be quiet and he's being too loud."
When Buzz lays motionless for a while, he has an auto shutoff mode but he announces it beforehand. He tells you "(Yawn) Time for Hypersleep."
I told him that Buzz wanted to go to sleep and that he should sleep too. I turned him off for the night but tomorrow was a new day with new adventures.