Sorry, Mickey Mouse. For many years, you used to be my favorite Disney character. However, now Goofy rules my heart.
Perhaps it’s due to my increased appreciation of the funnier moments in life to make you smile when things aren’t very magical on a day-to-day basis. Most probably, though, it’s because Goofy always makes my kids laugh. Without speaking a word, he just cracks them up. And hearing my children laugh does magical things to my soul. It makes me remember how it’s the simple things that make me feel happy.
Goofy might be an unusual choice. He’s very tall (which can be very intimidating), a bit clumsy, has imperfect teeth and his wardrobe could use some updating in the eyes of budding 6 year-old fashionistas that tend to prefer the glamorous princesses.
But I have a soft spot for the quirky, imperfect and funny. And Goofy is the perfect example of that. Throw in taking extra care to make even the youngest, moodiest of children feel extra special, and I’m a goner.
A few weeks ago we visited Walt Disney World, which was tons of fun and I’ll treasure forever the memories we created with my family. Memories we made sure to capture on video and pictures since we know by now that the older we get, the harder it is to remember those special moments unless you have safely stored them.
There was pure joy on my children’s faces when they saw the entrance to Walt Disney World as if it was the first time they had ever seen it, even though they’ve been many times before. Their eyes opened wide during the fireworks. Nervous giggles erupted when we were riding Splash Mountain in Magic Kingdom. All of these moments are now part of my family memories.
But most of all, this picture pretty much sums up why you need to capture those moments: Goofy surprised my children during a character breakfast and brought this smile to their faces. Now do you understand my new infatuation with Goofy?
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can also watch her on the Viva la Familia TV show Saturdays on Univision.