The first time I went to Disneyland, one of the Disney workers stopped me and my family in the tunnel going to and from Toon Town.
“Princess Belle! I didn’t expect to see you here. Can I have your autograph?!”
Being Mistaken for a Real Princess
He asked me for my autograph thinking I was Princess Belle.
I am probably more like Princess Belle than any of the other princesses. Or maybe it is just that I want to think so. Or maybe I really am considering that Toon Town encounter.
My daddy comes across as pretty goofy, kind of like Belle’s dad. I haven’t had to bail him out of the dungeon of a castle, but my older brother said something about almost having to get him out of jail once.
Or Grumpy. He has a Grumpy sweatshirt and Grumpy pin.
Here are the characteristics of Belle that I think are worth developing:
Free thinker – I think it comes from reading. Lots of information in = lots of stuff to think about. And act on, too!
Independent – Belle is Belle and nobody else. She doesn’t fit into a mold. Nor does she fit in some provincial town.
You may be interested to read – Best Preteen Activity for Father and Daughter – Write a Book
Dreamer – Rapunzel is not the only who dreams. Far off places, daring adventures … You can actually go to all these places, do all these things and never leave your room.
Download for FREE
Reader – I love to read. I love to read. I love to read. I’d rather read than eat ice cream.
Imaginative – you have to have something of substance, comes from reading, to form your imagination around. Belle could spend all her free time in a library. Me, too!
Patient – I wouldn’t be able to put up with Gaston’s advances like she did. Or tolerate the messiness of the Beast, or the cold of the castle towers.
Opinionated – this comes from being well read and being able to support your thoughts. An opinion that is uninformed is just an opinion.
Speaks her mind – most people don’t speak well because they have nothing to say. Belle has plenty to say. Daddy says he loves when I bring him something new that he doesn’t know. I love doing that, too.
Intelligent – I would rather be intelligent than beautiful, but Belle is both. Can I be both?
Compassionate – how tenderly she nursed the Beast. And at the risk of her safety she rescued her father and took his place.
Beyond superficial – She could see the inner qualities of the Beast long before others could. How many people judge others by their outward appearance alone? Not Belle
Stubborn – She won’t do something if she doesn’t want to. She will if she does. Stubborn or determined or both?
Kind – she won the monster over with kindness. She won over the Beast’s staff with her gentle spirit.
Loyal – “You came back!” One of the all time favorite lines in any movie.
Graceful – Better than Ginger Rogers who did everything Fred Astaire did except she did it backwards and in high heels. Belle seems to float when she dances.
Valiant – Courage in action.
What a beautiful person inside and outside is Belle.
I have a lot of growing up to do.
Please take a look.