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.
Walt Disney enjoyed miniatures and trains. A visit to the Walt Disney Family Museum and you can see some of the miniatures he collected. Trains, too! He took his miniature collection throughout the United States and put them on display for people to see. From this experience, the idea of an amusement park began to coalesce in his mind.
In Walt Disney’s own words about where the idea was born, the ah ha moment, “It came about when my daughters were very young, and Saturday …I’d take ’em to the merry-go-round and I took ’em different places. And as I’d sit there while they did all these things, while I sat on a bench eating peanuts, I felt that there should be some kind of amusement enterprise built where the parents and the children could have fun together.”
Novel? New? Different? Revolutionary? Children and parents both enjoying the same place?
My daddy seems to have as much fun at Disneyland as I do. I think he just likes to see me have fun. But maybe not.
Ideas can be born in the most unlikely of places and at the least expected times. And we have to be thinking and hearing our thoughts in order for ideas to come in to our minds and take shape. I suppose a lot of people don’t have good ideas because they don’t slow down, sit on a bench and eat peanuts long enough for them to happen.
I hope I am never too busy to enjoy, think, ponder, explore and act on ideas I get.