Extraordinary Magic in Everyday Life
There’s a pretty snazzy study lounge in my dorm building. I lucked out this year and got placed in the honors dorm (despite the weird fact that I have never been in the honors program), so the facilities are a bit more upscale than the rest of the campus. There’s this nice little room on the first floor perfect for just about anything if you’re looking for seclusion: couches, comfy reading benches, even a fireplace. It actually reminds me a lot of Walt’s train room over the Wilderness Lodge (but that’s another blog post).
I sat eating breakfast in one of the lounge’s chairs last week, right next to a large window that overlooks a courtyard that’s prime for people-watching. It’s that time of year when the air is getting nippy and the wind is starting to show us what it’s made of (just ask my frostbitten face after the walk back from seeing Thor Friday night). As I ate my breakfast and observed the empty courtyard, I noticed the leaves swirling on the ground. At first they just blew like I’ve always seen them do, but then they took to formation and went all Pocahontas all me! They moved in a circle and then soared to the sky in a way that instantly recalled “Colors of the Wind.” I thought, “Hmm, that was neat!” but didn’t give it further elaboration in my mind.
A few minutes later, the courtyard slowly got heavier traffic as students started to trickle by on their way to class. Among them was something that made me double-take. I couldn’t believe what I saw. There was a guy in blue, walking through the crowd, head-down with his nose stuck in a book. It was totally the boy version of Belle! I cannot make this up! I wanted to bust out the opening number from Beauty and the Beast on my iPod, but I restrained myself.
All right, so breakfast was cool. A few Disney moments to start off the day. Not bad. After my first class, though, the madness continued. I got a text from my brother (currently a high-school senior) that read, “Had a dream where I went to your college but all the students were from Monsters University. The ROR frat guys were there and I got kicked off the lacrosse team because I couldn’t find my dorm.” Hahahahaha! I about died.
It was just one thing after another of sights and interactions that reminded me of my favorite things and my favorite place. I’m not quite sure what prompted it. Maybe it was the clip from Saving Mr. Banks released online the day before. Maybe it was my Twitter feed blowing up with excitement for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Maybe it was my over-the-roof excitement for Frozen (which, by the way, still continues as I type this!). But SOMETHING clearly prompted finding Disney everywhere I looked that morning. I really had to double-take about the Belle guy. I thought I had lost my mind for a minute there.
Have you ever had days like this–when you miss Disney to the point that you start to notice it everywhere? I’d love to hear your stories in the comments.
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Blake is a college student focusing on Film and Creative Writing. He enjoys making his family of six watch the parade on Main Street and then sprint to Frontierland in time to see it again. You can follow Blake’s random Disney ramblings on Twitter at @olddirtyblake, or at BlakeOnline.com.