Tuesday, December 4, 2012

December 5, 2012: Happy birthday, Walter Elias Disney.

Last night, our students participated in their penultimate academic team meet and they performed gloriously. Only our meet with Raceland remains and then the playoffs, District on January 19th at home. All the best to our students and God bless you for your hard work and fine performances all year long.

There is only one excuse to even be considered today. To include any other excuse would be to somehow lessen or demean the importance of our single excuse for visiting Walt Disney World today.

On this date, in 1901, Walter Elias Disney was born. There are 65,000 wonderful cast members working at the most magical place on Earth because one man followed his dreams to their ultimate realization. To say that Walt Disney has had a huge impact on my life would be an understatement. Walt quite famously said, "I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse." Well, that mouse and the man were certainly partners in this vast enterprise. Mickey was the creation but Walt was the man who honestly, in quite a few moments of desperation, saw beyond the pen and ink and into a future that only the most visionary individuals could understand much less imagine.

Do anything you’d like at WDW today. If I could do one thing, I would go to the Magic Kingdom, stand in front of the “Partners” statue and shed a tear for a man who I will never meet but who has changed my life forever.

Remember, your best excuse is always: waiting for your dreams to come true.

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