Another perfect weather day, unless of course you love your Summer scorching hot with high humidity. Not me. Today I left the house wearing a light jacket and it was shrugged off and tied around my waist about two blocks later. Oh well – I can’t seem to get it right this week, but I concede it is always easier to take off a layer, rather than wish you had added it before you left the house (like yesterday). That was my Mom’s sage advice which always came in handy for deciding what to wear in the a.m. when I took the bus to school and work for over three decades; now those words of wisdom are good for walking as well. There was not a cloud in the sky and the sun was shining brightly as I closed the door and left for my walk. While I strolled along, I was reminded of the fairytale “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and how the rather bold and brazen Goldilocks was hungry and decided to scam some of the Three Bears’ breakfast. As she tasted each bowl of porridge, she proclaimed one “too hot”, another “too cold” and the third “just right” … well that’s what I’d say about today’s weather forecast, because I sure have done my share of whining in this forum about the horrible weather conditions. My train of thought about fairytales and fun and frivolity was already leaning toward some other great childhood memories in the very early morn, after hearing “Rewind”, a one-minute daily podcast heard on radio station WWJ. This feature highlights entertainment events that happened on this date in history. At the top of today’s list was the recognition of Disneyland’s opening date on July 17, 1955. It was the brainchild of Walt Disney, and back in the 50s, amusement parks of this magnitude were unheard of. This was a grandiose version of any big amusement park in existence and a far cry from the carnival that set up in the corner of a neighborhood shopping center that we all enjoyed as youngsters. The topic of Disneyland got me thinking and reminiscing about a trip with my folks to the Magic Kingdom in Anaheim, California the year before we moved to the States. We had about a week to visit all the usual tourist attractions in California, most of which were for my benefit. For me, the best one of the bunch was Disneyland. There were attractions with themes recreated from all the Disney tales I grew up reading or watching every Sunday night on “The Wonderful World of Disney”. I was a devotee of “The Mickey Mouse Club” as a kid so I was indeed in my element. I was enchanted, enthralled and very excited as we visited each ride or attraction all around the Park and Disney characters walked around and greeted the kids (and adults), and, as you see above, they were always happy to oblige a request for a picture. Probably, these cute, but kind of homely, childhood pictures should have just remained in the old photo album, but why not share them with you on this Throwback Thursday? As you see, I posed in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle and alongside one of the Seven Dwarfs (we never did figure out which one as he was not wearing a name tag). So, while walking this morning, I was thinking about these pictures and enjoying that wonderful wave of nostalgia about Disneyland, as well as recollecting some memories about our ’65 cross-country trip in the Meteor. Oops … I was so lost in thought, my walking time went way too quickly and soon I had to head home to the castle, er … house, to begin my work day. If the truth be known, I might have even mumbled a few verses of “Heigh-Ho”, the official marching-off-to-work music of the Seven Dwarfs, but shhhhhhh … don’t tell anyone!
FIFTY FAVORITE PARK PHOTOS