Barbies, princesses, and the colour pink: these are all topics that I have wrung my hands over again and again until they were raw and needed to be encased in totally unironic evening gloves. But I chilled my concerns about all things pink and princess-y when I realized how much these things inspired my daughter's imagination and independent play. I'm easygoing like that.
This means, of course, that I've also chilled out about Disney. Which is convenient, because Disney World is pretty awesome.
Disney World is – what's the word? – magical. Castles! Haunted houses! Pirates! Princesses! Pixies! GIANT MICE! (Meeting, for the first time, the six-foot tall rodent who has been part of the backdrop of your entire life? MAGIC. Mickey got to my closely guarded heart strings within the first five minutes of me entering his home. And I was a grown-up when that happened.)
And now I can't wait to share that with my daughter.
Next week, Catherine and I will drive from Toronto to Orlando (passing through Cincinnati, Nashville, and Atlanta along the way) to participate in a half-marathon Tiarathon at Disney World (Catherine, not me, because I'm sane) and we will bring our children along for the ride. Because you know, traveling with two four year olds and the world's strongest two year old is a freakin' cake walk. And we are doing this adventure with the generous help of GM Canada, who are making this trip possible, probably because they're interested in seeing whether SUVs get better mileage when they're filled with glitter and awesome.
Why embark upon this insane adventure? To raise awareness about Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy and Catherine's mission to do 100 miles For Tanner:
And, yes, despite my previous issues, we will be wearing tiaras, and very possibly ballgowns, the entire way down. Because, princess stuff is fine when done in moderation, or when indulged in to total excess for a good cause. And because young mister Jasper will be wearing a tiara too, we get to keep our Gender Stereotypes Avenger credentials.
Princess Power, FTW!