Guest series: Disney Delights #1 – A diamond in the rough

Know this. Only one may enter here. One whose worth lies far within. A diamond in the rough.
— Cave of Wonders, Aladdin

Like so many things, it is not what is outside, but what is inside that counts.
Merchant, Aladdin

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I love many of the Disney films. I’m yet to declare an absolute favourite, but Aladdin is definitely a contender. It has an interesting story, fun characters, great songs, doesn’t revolve around a princess (despite Jasmine being one of “the” Disney princesses), has an amazing colour scheme and score, and features Robin Williams (may he rest in peace). I love that Aladdin’s journey from rags to riches is underpinned by the lessons he learns about being true to oneself, and being honest with others. It’s a great lesson to learn, and a great one to share with my son. When he’s old enough, hopefully he will read further into the film’s dialogue than ‘Right here, direct from the lamp. Right here for your very much wish-fulfillment. Thank you.’.

However, this is not the main reason I chose to show my son this movie at 6 months of age. I know there is a debate, and a plethora of studies and literature, on small children and screen time. I am not going to get into that here. All I will say on the matter is that I believe that there is such thing as too much TV (or computer, Playstation, what-have-you) at any age, while at the same time needing a way to calm my sometimes quite distressed child. Enter Aladdin, my diamond in the rough.

“Diamond in the rough”

Someone (or something) that has hidden exceptional characteristics and/or future potential, but currently lacks the final touches that would make them (or it) truly stand out from the crowd.

The phrase is metaphorical and relates to the fact that naturally occurring diamonds are quite ordinary at first glance, and that their true beauty as jewels is only realized through the cutting and polishing process.

~ Urban Dictionary ~

One day, when J was about 6 months old, during one of the developmental leaps babies and toddlers experience, I was at my wit’s end (‘Awk! Wit’s end!’). He wouldn’t sleep, he wouldn’t stop crying, he didn’t want his solids, he’d only settle on the boob. Most of the time, I would just feed him whenever he wanted, as I’d been doing since he was born, having soon realised that he did not think three-hourly feeds suited him, thank you very much. But, today … it was just one of those days. I was dirty (‘I’m not a street rat. And I don’t have fleas!’), exhausted (‘Who disturbs my slumber??’), hungry (‘One jump, ahead of the bread line!’). I felt like crap, and just couldn’t function anymore without five minutes of respite. Suddenly, I had brainwave: Aladdin! My little man loves music. When he was in utero, he’d wiggle and somersault whenever we listened to CDs in the car, and even when I sang along to a movie or my karaoke app on my phone. I’d gone to see Aladdin the Musical twice during my pregnancy – once with Christian, and once with Mum.

Both times, I felt J moving around during the songs. In particular, he seemed drawn to Friend like me. (Sidebar: the actor who played the Genie in the Australian production – who, incidentally, was the same one from the Broadway show – was FABULOUS.) I thought J might also like the movie, so I put on the DVD.

At first, he seemed merely curious when the trademark Disney castle appeared, pre-movie. Then, from the first notes of Arabian nights, he was mesmerised. For twenty minutes, he watched without so much as a peep. I ate some leftovers and had the quickest shower ever, for fear of renewed waterworks. He didn’t even notice I’d not been there. When he heard me coming back in, he turned to look at me, smiled, and turned back to watch the Genie get rid of the crick in his neck. I could not believe it. And, then, I could (‘I think I’m gonna have a heart attack and die from not surprise!’). Because that’s part of the magic of Disney – the ability to transport the viewer, young or old, into a whole new world. I have a collection of Disney films, accumulated over the years for two reasons: because I love the movies, and because I wanted to have them on hand to share with my future children. I hadn’t imagined doing so until J was at least a couple of years old. But, when you have an inconsolable child, you do what you must to calm them down.

Now, whenever he has one of those moments where nothing helps, I pop in the film and he happily watches. I even bought the soundtrack to calm him down in the car. You know what? It not only works, he even sings along! ‘Aaaaaah bwa bwa bwa!’ The things I love about the actual story, I can share with him when he’s older. But, for now, I’m loving the calm and entertainment my little man gets out of watching Aladdin. All I gotta do is rub that lamp and I get my three wishes: a shower, food, and a happy baby.

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I’ll be back with more things I love about Disney soon. And, in case you’re thinking I’m watching through rose-coloured glasses, I take a more critical look at the films in my upcoming series Disney (Over)Analysed. But, for now, I’ll hand over to the lovely E.L.Lane for next week’s post!

Mini Mummi Blogger 🌺

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Mini Mummi Blogger

Mini Mummi Blogger is a first time mummy to a beautiful baby boy. Currently on maternity leave, she is looking to put her writing/publishing experience to good use through her blog, helping other mummies navigate through the wealth of often conflicting (and, sometimes, even discouraging) information out there about pregnancy and motherhood. She believes that every mummy knows what’s best for her own baby – even first time mums!

15 COMMENTS

  1. E. L. Lane | 25th Nov 17

    I love how you tie in Aladdin’s three wishes with your three mummy wishes. Also, this definitely fits with the theme of your blog. You do what’s best for you and your son. Exasperated mums everywhere have pulled out their screens in times of need for a little respite. Lovely story.

    • Mini Mummi Blogger | 26th Nov 17

      Thanks so much! Yes, that’s definitely my theme, and hoping it rubs off on other mums who get told so many things and feel like they don’t know what they should do! Thanks for reading x

  2. Julz | 25th Nov 17

    Love this, love Disney too!

  3. Donna | 26th Nov 17

    I love Aladdin! The music is ace and my kids love it! x

  4. Rhiannan | 26th Nov 17

    I LOVE Disney films, especially Aladdin. I think I know all of the words to all of the songs 💕

  5. The Muddled Mum | 26th Nov 17

    Sometimes you just need a bowl of popcorn and a movie afternoon. I love that my daughter can sing along and recognise different parts of films. We’ve not watched Aladdin with her yet but I’m sure she would enjoy it x

    • Mini Mummi Blogger | 26th Nov 17

      Definitely! Such a great movie, I still love it! Thanks for reading x

  6. wanderlustandwetwipes | 26th Nov 17

    Ah the hypnotic miracle that is Disney! Mine are the same!

    • Mini Mummi Blogger | 26th Nov 17

      Right?! Thank goodness, otherwise there are days I’d never eat! Thanks for reading x

  7. SEEMA ADNANI | 30th Nov 17

    Loved the way you’ve been able to rub the lamp to have your wishes fulfilled :). Love disney. I think of Disney in everything….be it tattoos, be it Christmas decor, Halloween, DIYgifts etc.

    • Mini Mummi Blogger | 2nd Dec 17

      Thank you! Haha, I have to stop myself from putting Disney things everywhere! Thanks for reading 🙂

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