â€œLife Lessonsâ€¦one Disney Movie Line at a time.â€
“I love you very much dear, I love you more, I love you most!â€ â€“ Disneyâ€™s Tangled
I thought that there would be no other Disney Princess movie to capture my heart and become a family favorite, because Disneyâ€™s Princess and the Frog means so much to me. Yet, Disneyâ€™s Tangled has made my sad days happier and my good days even better. My family enjoys my enthusiasm for the â€œHappily Ever Afterâ€ each time that I watch it. I have come to realize that my family incorporates parts of the good messages in Disney movies into our lives. My son proved this very fact to me once again.
Recently, we have moved our good night kisses and hugs to my husbands and my bedroom. The kidsâ€™ homework means that they are often reading to themselves or reading to us well earlier into the evening. So, we bid night-night, say our love yous and the kids head to their rooms for a good nights sleep. One evening, my son said that he loved me and of course I replied that I loved him more, but his reply surprised both my husband and I. He said, â€œI love you mostâ€, and off he went. Now, we immediately recognized this from Disneyâ€™s Tangled. At first, I smiled and thought that he is just a sweetie pie. But then it hit me. Mother Gothel and Rapunzel would exchange these same words. However, Mother Gothel was not speaking of love for Rapunzel, but of her hair. Had my son missed that point?
So, I became frantic. Do I go to his room immediately and discuss this? Am I making a big deal about this, because I tend to be over the top at times? Did he understand that Mother Gothel was holding Rapunzel hostage to use her hair for her own selfish gain? My husband assured me that I could wait until the next day to talk to my son. Of course I did not sleep well that night.
In the morning, I asked my son why he said that the prior evening and he said, â€œBecause it is true, I love you very muchâ€ and he continued to eat his cereal. Well then. A six year old had come to see that those words fit for his feelings for me, his mother. He did not relate those words with Mother Gothelâ€™s true intentions. He hadnâ€™t watched the movie at that level; he just enjoyed the movie. This is why I love children, out of the mouths of babes comes truth without cause or motivation. They speak from the heart and think nothing of it.
Needless to say, this has become a family saying with truth, sincerity and (best of all) simplicity. There is no need to read too much into the truth of genuine love and to â€œTangleâ€ that honesty. I feel like I have a â€œHappily Ever Afterâ€ every evening and I love that most.
Written by fellow Disney Mom & dear friend: DannÃ©e N. DannÃ©e is a proud member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel. She is not a Disney employee. The postings on this site are her own and do not necessarily represent Disney’s positions or opinions.