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Disney Delights: A guest series – 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’s on the outside, but inside that counts.
Merchant, Aladdin


“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 ~


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.

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 he 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.


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!

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Disney Delights: A guest series – Introduction

Now, think of the happiest things. It’s the same as having wings. — Peter Pan


A big theme for Disney – the films and the parks – is that of happiness. “The Happiest Place on Earth”, “Where Dreams Come True”, and “The Most Magical Place on Earth” are some of the slogans Disney employs in their branding and advertising. For those of us who have visited one or more of the Disney theme parks, it is easy to understand and relate to these slogans. The rides, the designs, the cast, the stores, and even the waiting areas, are incredibly imaginative and painstakingly detailed, such that it is impossible to feel as though you are just in a theme park. You are in another world.

Blogtober 2017 | Day 31 – 3 YouTube channels I follow

Vlogging is something that has intrigued me for a while, now, but is something I’ve never really explored. It’s on my wishlist of things to supplement my blog, but it’s probably still a ways into the future. However, there are some channels I have found that have some great content!

Blogtober 2017 | Day 30 – What’s the deal with Pinterest?

I haven’t spent a great deal of time I Pinterest. Until recently, I didn’t really get how Pinterest benefits bloggers. I still don’t really understand it, but I’m told it’s a must! So this is a little snippet into my venture into using Pinterest, in the absence of a list of great boards to follow …

Blogtober 2017 | Day 29 – 5 Instamums with gorgeous feeds

I love Instagram! I love the predominantly visual nature of the platform, as opposed to text-heavy platforms like Twitter. In the spirit of motherhood, here are five feeds I love on Instagram!

Blogtober 2017 | Day 26 – Zoo

I love going to the zoo! I had planned to take J to Taronga this week, along with a friend and her baby daughter, but the weather was too windy and bleak for a zoo visit. We went to the SEA LIFE Aquarium (formerly Sydney Aquarium) instead.

Blogtober 2017 | Day 25 – Year in review

The year 2017 has been a big year for me. There have been ups and downs, like any other year (maybe some ups that were more up and some downs that were more down), I suppose. But, unlike any other year, this year I became a mum for the first time … nothing can top or take away from that!

Blogtober 2017 | Day 24 – Xmas

I’m so excited to celebrate my little man’s very first Christmas! Being the first grandchild I both sides, I suspect he’s going to be showered with gifts!

Blogtober 2017 | Day 8 – Holidays

I remember lots of family holidays as a kid. We’d often go places with bush walking or museums or some sort of activity to do. Always places we could drive to, since my dad likes driving but really does not like flying. One of my favourite childhood holidays is a trip to Jindabyne. I recall the holiday house we stayed in, House Matterhorn. I Googled it just now and it looks just like it did then, some fifteen years ago – but not old, mind you. It was a lovely holiday. We tried to ski (without much success, as we were going horizontally across the slope, because we were too scared to try going down), and we had heaps of fun with toboggans. My brother and I built a snowman, then a snow-Henry (our puppy, which we had recently acquired). I don’t think it actually snowed while we were there, but it was so bloody cold that even the snowsuits we were wearing barely kept out the chill.