Sunday, July 16, 2017

There's Always Rapunzel

"This is the story of how I died."

When Natalie was little, she used to recite this line often. It would terrify people when she'd do it in public. They didn't know what the tiny little human was talking about and tiny humans utter things like that in horror films sometimes right before they kill you.

"Oh, she's quoting Rapunzel," I'd explain to gaping mouths. "It's the first line in the movie."





For the longest time, my daughter was obsessed with the movie.



She watched it over and over again. She had the dresses. She frightened people when she walked around with frying pans. She'd correct people when they'd call Rapunzel's boyfriend Flynn Rider.

"Actually," Natalie would say primly. "It's Eugene Fitzherbert." When she was small, it came out as, "Fizzherbert" so it was especially cute.

In Pre-K the kids went around and said what they wanted to be when they grew up. Most people said the normal things. Teacher. Fireman. Policeman.

My kid?

"Rapunzel!"



She was so sure she could be Rapunzel. She would flip her long hair and call it "Rapunzel hair"--before it was cut off, that is. When we went to DisneyWorld in 2010 she couldn't wait to meet Rapunzel.

Meeting Rapunzel was her dream and the meeting did NOT disappoint. Natalie had on Rapunzel's wedding dress. Her brother was dressed as Flynn Rider--excuse me, Eugene Fitzherbert--and Rapunzel was charmed. She asked if Tommy had the crown in his satchel and he did. So she put it on. Natalie was thrilled. There was her hero, who she wanted to be, right in front of her.



Natalie asked if she could touch Rapunzel's hair, and Rapunzel agreed. I think Natalie was baffled why her long hair was back when it was gone in the movie--but she didn't really care about the inaccuracy because her HERO was in front of her. Showing off her hair that felt and looked so real.




As Natalie got older, her Rapunzel infatuation slowly faded away. It wasn't all gone, of course. When we went back to Disney World in 2013, she insisted on meeting Rapunzel again. The look of awe was still there.





She still loved Rapunzel, but at this point a little movie called Frozen came out, and a lot of her attention was on Anna and Elsa.

But she still had a soft spot for Rapunzel.

Granted, I could see she was getting older, and her love of Disney Princesses was starting to fade. In fact, I watched in horror as a neighborhood little girl walked out of the house with Natalie's Rapunzel light up wand.

"Uh, Natalie," I said, trying to keep the panic out of my voice. "Your friend just left. With your wand."

Natalie raised an eyebrow and looked at me as though I were an imbecile. "I know. I gave it to her. I'm getting rid of my baby stuff."

It felt like I was kicked in the gut. Baby stuff? What? She was only nine.

"I mean, she's in second grade and still likes that stuff," Natalie continued. "And you always told me I should be generous."

A lump started to form in my throat. I pictured Natalie in her Rapunzel dress flashing a perfect row of baby teeth at me as she danced around holding a stuffed Pascal and Maximus.




I know she's getting older. I know it'll be about makeup and boys and Snapchat. But I didn't think it would happen so fast. So when we went to Disney World in March when she was ten, I wasn't sure how it would go. In the past she'd excitedly meet the Disney Princesses.

But this time?

When I asked if she was excited to see the Disney Princesses she told me that she wasn't a baby anymore and that she knew they were actresses.

"They aren't REAL," she told me pointedly.

Still, she wanted to see the princesses, real or not. She wanted to see Rapunzel because "memories," as she put it.

I didn't know how it would go. Would she walk over to Rapunzel and look bored?





No. She still looked at Rapunzel with magic in her eyes. Rapunzel was still her hero.




"You were always my favorite. You still are," Natalie told her.

"Why thank you, Flynn," Rapunzel answered with a grin.



It was Natalie who gave Rapunzel the hug.



"I watched you all the time when I was small."

Sometimes I wonder if Natalie is also grasping onto being a kid. She knows she's at the awkward age of being a child but also crossing over to being...older.




I think she'll always hold onto her love for Disney Princesses. Yeah, she might know they aren't real.





But she'll always remember.





51 comments:

  1. My daughter is totally into Rapunzel right now too. I should totally make her one of those hair hats for Christmas!

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  2. Oh I love this! There is nothing wrong with being Rapunzel.

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  3. Such a cutie!! I like Tangled so much. I'm always singing When Will My Life Beggggiiinnnn! Lol

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  4. LOVED this! Love how she's so considerate and so generous!! You're doing a great job with her!!

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  5. Rapunzel is one of my fav disney movies! just after Mulan. So so funny! I totally get your daughter is so into her. I mean, she's an amazing fighter with a pan! xx corinne

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  6. I love this! Tangled is one of my favorite Disney movies. Although I'm much older now, I will always have a place in my heart for Aurora in Sleeping Beauty. She was my all time favorite princess when I was small.

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  7. The horror of hearing. I'm getting rid of my baby stuff. Still have photos and great memories.

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  8. This is so sweet. Tangled is one of my favorite animation movies. Love the pictures, especially with the long hair. Your little girl is cute. :)

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  9. My daughter was totally into Rapunzel. Her hair was past her waist until February when she had it cut to just below her shoulders. Her birthday themes in the past were Princess and My Little Pony, this year it was Harley Quinn.

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  10. Ugh. I know what you mean. When my kids started to grow up and leave things behind, it was so sad.

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  11. Oh, that's so sweet! It's so hard to watch kids grow up. I have three daughters, and I love that my youngest will still hold my hand at 10. I'm dreading the day when that stops and she decides she's too grown up.

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  12. I love her costume and wig!! You made me giggle with the horror film line, my youngest also says things in public or sings things that make people stare. Kids are funny

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  13. This was really a good post. My daughter is 20 months and it's all about Sophia the first ("Fiah") and Moana (ahana) I'm hoping she still keeps that soft sport for them as your daughter did with Rapunzel.

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  14. Rapunzel is my daughter's current favorite. So sweet to see how much your daughter still loves her after all of these years!

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  15. Disney movies are always good.. Tangled is a good movie filled with fun! Its just perfect for "Family Movie Nights" My niece loves to watch this over and over.

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  16. Rapunzel was always my daughter favourite and even we bought dresses for them with longhairs...but that's true they still love Disney princess but they become shy of showing there love for it. My girls are same.

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  17. Great post! As the mother of two daughters who are growing up far too fast, I understand quite well how special it can be to witness those (now rare) moments of childhood wonder.

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  18. Oh! Your daughter will remember meeting her hero fondly for years to come. She sounds like a doll!

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  19. I am so glad your daughter got to meet her idol! She sure has the pretty blond hair to BE her idol! Maybe she will work at Disney someday herself!

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  20. I absolutely LOVE these pictures! Man, her smile made me smile! What a cutie! #teamrapunzel!

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  21. I loved Rapunzel when I was a kid just like Natalie but never got to meet her.. Great that she met & hugged a character she loved .

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  22. I'm not sure if Scarlet still thinks they're real. I think she does, but Des doesn't! That said, even I get all gaped-mouth around them! Starstruck.

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  23. How cute she is. I love her dressed up. It's so nice when Children play the part of a movie.

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  24. I'm so glad your daughter got to meet Rapunzel!! How awesome!!

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  25. This was so sweet, I love all the photos. It's crazy how fast kids grow up sometimes.

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  26. You have a beautiful, kind and generous daughter. My daughter loved Ariel when she was little. Like Natalie, she watched the animated movie over and over again.

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  27. Oh she is such a sweet little lady. Until now I watched Tangle over and over and I love it.

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  28. Seems Like I need to Take my kids to watch this one ASAP ..:) Rapunzel

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  29. I am 36 and still obsessed with Rapunzel and would love to see her, real or not. Something doesn't have to be real for you to enjoy it. Otherwise there would not be any books or movies other than biographies or documentaries and dictionaries. How dull would the world be? That knitted "wig" is fabulous by the way. I want one!

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  30. It is lovely that despite growing older she still has a soft spot for her childhood memories. Its crazy to think how quickly our tastes change as we grow older but we always remember!

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  31. I am not sure why this post made me teary eyed! I love Rapunzel and I was so happy when Tangled came out and I didn't mind watching it over and over with the kids. My kids might go through the same phase someday but I'm sure they'll still have that magic in them. --Marceline Dementori

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  32. That is such a sweet story. How sweet that she loves Rapunzel so much. I think that is my favorite Disney movie, tied with Moana. It is tough when they start outgrowing things - my kids are about the same age and I see it too.

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  33. Your daughter is so adorable she looks cute on her costume with matching long blonde hair. I am a grown up lady but I'm still a fan of Disney movie.

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  34. Aww such cute costumes! I have to say that I love Rapunzel too, it's a great fun Disney movie! Disney movies are always great because they always have the lines for the adults too!

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  35. I still love Disney princesses and Rapunzel .My daughter loves them too.She us only 5 now .But I am trying hard to make her believe that magic and good stuff are a belief away.

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  36. What a toughing photo you have there. I can see how happy she is hugging Rapunzel.

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  37. This is one of my favorite Disney movies as well. I love Rapunzel! That's really neat that you were able to see her too!

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  38. Such a precious story full of all kinds of good feels and sentiment! I love Disney and Rapunzel. Love all of your photos especially the throwbacks!

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  39. This is so sweet and brought a tear to me eye. I loved seeing all the pics of her over the years with Rapunzel. Looks like she is working on her own Rapunzel hair.

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  40. This post is too cute! Ariel and Belle are always magical to me.

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  41. This post is so sweet and it could take me back to my childhood days too.Looking at these pictures of your kid with her beautiful moments with Rapunzel could make me so happy.At home my kid also loves these stories.I am sure he too would love to experience such moments with his heroes...

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  42. So cute looks like your daughter had a great time. I loved that movie.

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  43. I love this post. My boy is 8 and seems to be getting rid of so many of the things he once held so dear. He no longer wants to go to Disney on Ice as it's 'for babies', but I'm clinging on for dear life to my little boy!

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  44. It always the precious moments like the ones with your daughter with Rapunzel that make motherhood amazing. When they start loosing interested in the things they loved is what is always heart wrenching to us. Thanks for sharing these precious moments.

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  45. motherhood moments with kids are awesome moments to cherish and value for life. cool/.

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  46. I love this post SO much! My son was the same way with Peter Pan. It lasted way too short. Now he laughs as I tell him how much he loved and thought he was Peter Pan. Life moves too quickly and I wish it would just slow down a bit.

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  47. I think it's cute that she always used to impersonate rapunzel. As a teen, I really liked spongebob. He was my fave.

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  48. I miss the days that my boys played dress up. Kids grow up so fast! We still dress up on halloween as a family and I have us do costume events. I think it is good to help remind kids to still be kids even when they feel too old. It is so much fun!

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