Awe on Ice
I took my three-year-old daughter to see Disney Princesses on Ice tonight with my mom, four other girlfriends, and their daughters. What an absolutely amazing experience for all of us. If I could somehow capture in words, photos or video what that arena was like tonight, I would. But I just don’t think there’s anything that can convey the sense of wonder, excitement, and just plain girly-ness that filled the space.
My daughter sat on either my mom’s lap or my lap for the entire show and barely even squirmed or shifted. She sat, back straight, eyes as wide as saucers, fixated on the ice and all that was happening. Our show was made up of the Princess and the Frog, Cinderella, and Tangled, all of which she has seen at least once before. But nothing could have prepared me for her absolute amazement.
I don’t know if it was the music, the skating, the costumes, the live characters, or just good ole’ Disney magic, but the combination of it all left her speechless. A three-year-old. Girl. Speechless.
I’m pretty sure the only time she spoke to me during the whole show was in the bathroom during intermission. Once we were done, she pulled my hand in both of hers, trying to drag me back to our seats.
“Come ON, Mommy. Let’s get back!!”
Even toward the end of the show, coming up on 10:00PM, she simply leaned back on me instead of sitting straight up anymore. She didn’t close her eyes once, though. She didn’t want to miss a second.
During the finale, I took a look around the Prudential Center arena. Keep in mind that we were just there less than two weeks ago for 2nd row seats to a Devils hockey game. It may have been the same place on the map, but the two events were miles apart in atmosphere.
Everywhere I looked, little girls were standing in the aisles, in front of their seats, and on the steps, jumping up and down, clapping, singing and dancing. Pure, un-self-conscious girlhood joy was everywhere. With the exception of a few dads and brothers in the audience (kudos to those who went for their families), the arena was filled with girls and women of all ages.
Knowing how many times in these girls’ lives they will be judged, hurt, slighted, teased, and made to feel less than how wonderful they are, it was amazing to share this experience. There is such a small window in their lives where they can be so innocent, yet confident. So trusting and open. So ready to wear every emotion on their sleeve without fear of ridicule or not measuring up. For three hours tonight, we all shared these moments of wonder, joy, laughter and awe together. No matter our age, we all were little girls tonight.
Thanks, Disney. My heart is happy.