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.
Who would think that a museum could be fun?
Who would think that learning could be fun?
The Walt Disney Family Museum was interesting, fun, and I learned stuff, too. Plus I could play in the big field out front when I was done.
They had super cool miniatures, lots of short videos, and I could tell my daddy some things even he didn’t know. Who would have thunk, right?
I read the short stuff. Daddy read the long stuff.
Daddy said that when Walt Disney came up with the idea of Disneyland amusement parks were bad places with bad people and they were dirty and nasty.
Walt Disney said about his wife, “When I started on Disneyland, my wife used to say, ‘But why do you want to build an amusement park? They’re so dirty.’ I told her that was just the point – mine wouldn’t be.”
Interesting, interesting. Where others saw a bad idea. He saw a good one. Where others saw dirty, he saw opportunity.
When others looked down, he looked up.
I hope that when I grow up I can see things that other people cannot. I hope I can bring to reality what others could not.
I hope I can get the world to fall in love with something nobody else would dream of.
Imagine getting the world to fall in love with a mouse. Who would have thought?
Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.