The last time 9 yr old Zianna was downtown, she was speaking to a room full of people. She didn’t intend to make them all cry, but sometimes the truth hurts, but must be spoken. So she did it. Her words transcended through their hearts . Her message was shared internationally. Yes, this little girl had adults checking themselves for racial injustice.
First thing came to my mind is, “Who are her parents? ” I wanted to hug them. (Really tight.) Everyone doesn’t take parenting seriously. It was clear that her parents did. I knew that as a mom, when your child hurts, you hurt. The last thing you want is to have an emotionally scarred child for life. As adults, we know that every high and low molds us into who we are, for better or for worse. This is most true of when we are young and our brain is rapidly developing. The power of everything from an unheard cry to an unmarked facial expression can have a heavy impact on a child’s evolving psyche.
Charlotte has a long way to go, but Zianna’s childhood must be protected and thank goodness, over half of Charlotte agrees with that! Including the numerous news stations that have interviewed her and especially the amazing staff of Time Warner Cable Arena.
So guess what, for 90 minutes, Zianna her brother, mom, and stepdad attended the Disney On Ice, “Follow Your Heart” Live show. Little Zianna was laughing, dancing, moderating the story lines and just being a child. It was indeed what she and her family needed. Big thanks to Feld Entertainment, Time Warner Cable and her parents for making this happen.
To my girl,
I will let you be children. For as long as I can, I will let you be children. I will protect your childhood fiercely. I won’t pressure you to do things you are not ready for. I will let you play, for hours I will let you play. I will let you discover yourselves. I will let you really know yourselves before you are pushed out into the big wide world on your own. I will let you imagine, and dream, and laugh, whenever you want to. I won’t ever wish this magical time away. All too soon you will be all grown up. You will worry about grown up things. But not now. For now you are a child, your job is to play, and that is important to me.
I will protect your childhood.
The show will be here until the 2nd of October. Regardless of what you feel about the police and Black Lives Movement, remember to protect your child. Go see Disney On Ice Live “Follow Your Heart” before they leave town. It is absolutely the best thing you can do for your child (ren)