Wow, that number of days that I have been here is getting really large. O.o It’s really amazing how long it feels i’ve been here, which I suppose I have…
Anyway, again, sorry for not posting very much. I’m going to make it a point to post more.
So, it’s October! The last few weeks have been really fun. Haven’t done very much other than say bye to a few friends. The problem with working at this place is that everyone leaves within only a few months. But i’ve been lucky to be spending the last few weeks with Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas. We’ve been having a blast meeting people from all over the world, from Holland to England, Italy to Russia, Spain to Japan, and everything in between. It has been incredible to see people’s reactions and connections to the story. Countless people have come up to Jack either speechless or full of excitement just from the site of him. He has recieved so many hugs and gifts from guests. It’s truely been an incredible experience. One French group in particular arrived to see Jack and seemed to just be a fairly standard meet-and-greet. After a few individual photos, a girl with bright orange hair emerged from behind one of her friends and made her way toward Jack. She arrived just next to him. Jack complimented her striped pants as they matched his and she just shook her head yes and then asked if she could give him something. She reached in her pocket and pulled out a bright pink envelope. With trembling hands, she gave it to Jack and asked him to look inside. It was a hand-drawn design of Jack, and then she burst into tears. Well, Jack understood, of course, that she just had a strong connection to his story. But for some reason, Jack wasn’t connecting the French in his brain with his mouth or ears. The girl cried a little and said a few things, but Jack was kind of speechless. In the end, she gave Jack 3 hugs and 3 kisses, and considering no one even gives him one hug usually, it was a moment that just really stood out. That was a moment that i’ll never forget.
I spend a lot of time with a lot of different characters at Disneyland. I was hanging out with Queen of Hearts one day, and this adorable French girl in an Anna dress came out of the crowd to see her. She said a few things and then asked for an autograph with the biggest smile and “S’il vous plaît.” Ever. She was only about 3 or 4, and Queen more than admired her manors. She gave her an autograph and a picture. Then Queen kneeled for a hug and a kiss goodbye. As the little girl was leaving, she didn’t quite turn around all the way, she just kept saying “Trop belle!” and “Votre robe est trés jolie!” Which mean, “too beautiful!” and “You’re dress is very beautiful!” Queen simply couldn’t handle how cute this child was. So they said goodbye and I thought that would be the last time I would ever see her, like most of the kids I see while i’m with the characters. But two days later, I was with Jack and guess who we saw! I told Jack how adorable she was and he was delighted to see her. She was very excited to see Jack as well and greeted him with the same grand smile. They didn’t talk a whole lot, but Jack had the biggest smile I had ever seen on his face. She also gave him a hug and a kiss and said goodbye, but of course, Jack was about a fraction of a second away from grabbing her hand and leaving along with the little girl and her mother. They would have had a grand day in the park all together.
Anyways, those are my two soppy stories from this week. It has been a lot of fun to hang out with Jack and I hope I will be with him when my parents come! :)
Otherwise, nothing really happens around here outside of Disney. We’re working on Christmas parade reps. We watched last years online last night and it is about 1/4 the size of the one from Disney California. Needless to say, i’m not that impressed. I’ve decided today that i’m going to start walking around the park after work and writing down things I think need to be fixed or changed or added and take them home with me. Maybe there can be someone I can talk to back in California about how this park is just about being run into the ground. Apparently they have a lot of plans for just after the first of the year, but I will be back home by then. Can’t wait to hear about them at least and maybe come back and see them again one day.
Oh, and I bet you’re all wondering about my French. Well, again, i’m around British people all the time. But I for some reason started talking to one of the French cosmetologists today and we had a good 15 minute conversation today almost completely in French. She was just calm and repeated things I didn’t quite understand. We talked about how no one in all of europe (or so it seems) has there Halloween costume picked out. I told her it’s annoying because Jack keeps asking people and they just answer, “I dunno.” Halloween is in a week. I understand it’s a really English thing, but this is the 21st century. It’s all changing and Halloween has made a debut in France. But still a lot of people don’t celebrate. She said it was because French people not only don’t plan what they’re doing for holidays until 3 days before, but also don’t really like to celebrate holidays. She finds it annoying as well, and I told her it’s just sad because even a holiday like Valentine’s day is blown up and celebrated so much in the United States. We love celebrating and we don’t care who’s watching. We don’t find ourselves “too cool” for celebrating big like the English do. A couple of my English friends have told me that English people think they’re too cool for a lot of things. Including Disney. They said Disney wouldn’t have done well in England because English people are “too cool” for it. But anyways, Halloween’s only really a thing in the states. After that, she complimented my French and thanked me for trying to speak french. She asked me where I was from and everything and I understood her way better than I thought I would. She asked me about my studies and what I did before Disney and I understood her. I could just feel excitement welling up inside me. She thanked me for trying to speak French and not just coming into cosmetology just asking for what I need in English like most of the Brits do. But then, of course, more people in the world know english more than any other language. Chinese has the most first language speakers because China is densely packed, but everyone knows English. She said she understood, but we’re in France and they should try and speak their language. And then I asked for her name at the end; it was “Léo(something)” I couldn’t make it stick in my head it was so French. But really good moment, i’m really grateful that happened. Really made me realize that I know way more French than I give myself credit for.
So, everything’s going well. Nothing too special other than anxiously waiting my family’s arrival!
And sorry (but not actually that sorry) I am using this blog as a diary as well as a way to keep you all informed. So, sorry (but not actually sorry) for the detailed descriptions of everything. :) THANKS
That’s all for now! I’ll keep you updated as it happens! Love you all and see you in 85 days!