Keilee, as many little girls, grew up on Disney films. Time after time she would watch The Little Mermaid and Cinderella. For years the most repeated words I heard from her was “Rewind it please”. We had all the movies on VHS at the time.
She would dress up in her Princess dresses and high heel shoes and want to wear them everywhere. There are so many times she wore them to the grocery store and the sound of them ‘clicking’ on the grocery floor is a memory I will never forget.
When she was 3 she dressed up as a Princess for Halloween. It was a huge, itchy outfit. After going to a Halloween party we were going to go trick or treating and she wanted to go home and change clothes. (I had a backup Pirate costume because I knew how uncomfortable the outfit and shoes were) She said to me in her little 3 year old voice, “It’s tough work being a Princess Mommy”.
Now, 12 years later, she is still playing Princess dress up. This group that she is a part of has been such a perfect fit for her. It combines her love of all things Disney Princess with her love for acting.
She has had 3 birthday parties that I don’t have pictures of. Here is one of her coming back to the car afterwards though.
They set up a booth at a local Market Day. Keilee played Cinderella. Even though she loves Elsa and plays her the most, she loves being Cinderella more.
They got a call from an aunt whose twin 3 year old nieces and their families had lost everything in a fire. They were most upset about their Elsa dresses. The aunt bought them new ones and wanted to know if “Elsa” and “Anna” would surprise them with the dresses. I love that they donate their time when there isn’t any monetary reward.
Then they went to 3rd Friday. They did this as promotion for their business. It is downtown and we have always gone. I love the looks on little girls faces. And I love to watch Keilee interact with them. There was also this little boy who acted so shy but made his Dad follow them up and down the streets. When any of them turned around he would hide behind his Dad. It was so cute. Oh and Keilee found a dog to pet. Keilee ALWAYS finds a dog to pet, even as Elsa.
They also have gone to the mall to walk around. On a Friday night. It was the coolest thing. Several “big” girls asked to pose in pictures. And several boys! Teenage boys!! One little girl asked Keilee is she was the real Elsa. When Keilee said yes she jerked on her hair. Thankfully Keilee is able to use her real hair!
May is chocked full of events. Markets and birthday parties and library read alouds. Keilee has tons of ideas and even though she is the youngest she is always calling or texting the ‘main’ girl to share ideas.
This is such a perfect thing for her and I am so glad she found this. It requires so much time and organization and commitment. And she is more than willing to do it all. It is so special to see the little girls eyes light up when they see her. To make them believe in the magic that is their favorite Princess come to life. She always says to me, “I would have loved to see my favorite Princess when I was little”.
“And yet, through it all, Cinderella remained ever gentle and kind, for with each dawn she found new hope that someday her dreams of happiness would come true.” ~ Cinderella
“Whatever comes,” she said, “cannot alter one thing. If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside. It would be easy to be a princess if I were dressed in cloth of gold, but it is a great deal more of a triumph to be one all the time when no one knows it.”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess
“But they say if you dream a thing more than once, it’s sure to come true.”~Walt Disney