It doesn't always feel like it, peeps, but we ARE lucky to be alive right now. Here's proof:
Stephanie V. writes:
I have a 5 year-old son who loves hockey, soccer, The Ninja Turtles, Star Wars, and Ariel. Yes, Ariel – The Little Mermaid. Like, LOVES her. I have bought him Ariel socks, an Ariel doll, and for his birthday this month, an Ariel blanket for his bed. He drags it all over the house and it’s his new lovey. I’ve let him pick out Disney Princess toothpaste at the grocery store as that’s what he wanted.
When I asked Brodie a few months ago what he wanted his birthday party theme to be, he said “Ariel!” And he wanted Ariel to come to his party. For a little bit, I pondered all that and thought I could do an “Under the Sea” type theme with a little bit of Ariel mixed in, so it’s not quite so obvious.
Fast-forward to more party planning and I’ve decided we’re not going to scrimp on the Ariel decorations. He LOVES her and this is what he wants! So we are sending out invitations with pictures of Ariel, Flounder, Sebastian, and King Triton on them, and we are having an Ariel party for my 5 year-old son. Ariel will deliver his cake to him personally toward the end of the party. And he will be the HAPPIEST little boy on the planet on that day. To me, that’s what counts.
By the time I replied to Stephanie's e-mail the party had already happened, so of COURSE I begged for pics. Then, after a little more begging, I got permission to share them with all of you.
PREPARE FOR HAPPY FEELZ.
First, here's Brodie with his older brother in their Little Mermaid t-shirts:
Here's Ariel leading the kids in a little dance party:
(Look at Brodie's face. LOOK AT IT. That is all. [sniffle])
And my favorite: Brodie's one-on-one with his favorite princess:
Thank you, Stephanie, for being one of the good ones. Thank you for reminding us it's not only OK to love what you love, it's OK for everyone else to, too. Thank you for spreading hope and joy and love and pixie dust, just when some of us need it most.
And Brodie, I think I speak for everyone here when I say HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, little man! Please don't ever stop being you!