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Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

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Walt Disney’s wife’s name was Lilly.

It is easier to get people who do not know you very well to say nice things. What I mean is that you can make an impression on people and get good feedback.

It is tougher to get people who know you intimately. They see you for who you really are. Of course, they love you and people who love you will say loving things.

But the also know you. And when something isn’t the way everybody else sees you, they can bring some clarity.

Lilly said of her husband, Walt, “He knew every nail in Disneyland. He loved to show it off to me.”

I don’t know what you think but I think there must be a LOT of nails to hold Disneyland together.

And he knew all of them = he knew the details of his creation. He was involved down to the smallest point, to get the best results.

Related: Lessons Learned about Life at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco | Introduction

And he loved to show it off. He wasn’t showing it off to people for money’s sake or any other self-serving reason. He was telling his wife. Because there was genuine love for his project and people who love what they do share with the people they love.

We get a very crisp picture of that relationship here with Walt Disney and his wife, Lilly.

I want to love what I do. I want to share what I love with people I love. I want to let know detail escape for me to be able to create something I am exceedingly pleased to show to my favorite people.

After all, it’s the people we love most who’s opinion we care about the most says Daddy.

Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.


Bill Belew

Professional Blogger, social media marketer, professor of marketing, Christian and dad.

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