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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Happy? YES!

“Hakuna Matata what a wonderful phrase – it means no worries for the rest of your days, it’s a problem free, philosophy, Hakuna Matata!”

Timon and Pumbaa, the Lion King’s meerkat and warthog, sang my favorite Disney song on stage. Both my daughters watched with eyes wide and mouths’ agape.  They were riveted. Fearing that even one blink might lead to missing a thrilling next moment.  The live thirty-minute show at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom stirred something deep within me as I watched the reflection of the dancing lights in my daughters’ smiling eyes.  The Lion King is my favorite Disney film.  Back in college when the movie was first released, I was babysitting Ellis and Owen who were dubbed Mufasa and Simba.  They’d play scenes in their entirety, rarely missing a line or skipping a beat.  Together we’d sing Hakuna Matata at-full-strength (complete with my obnoxious tone-deaf ear) our arms flailing and hips shaking delirious with laughter.  For those brief moments life was problem free without a single worry.  Years later, I danced the same way with my daughters, singing Hakauna Matata wildly in our living room. We laughed with a penetrating joy that reached the top of my throat and swelled my eyes with tears that spilled over with happiness.