Roxie, Cyrus, Chris, Bling, Mitchie, Shane, Katelyn and Tess. Stars of Disney Channel’s cheesy summer flicks or my new best friends? Sadly, the lines are getting blurred.
It started with Let it Shine, which premiered with much anticipation June 15. Unfortunately, that was moving day and we didn’t have cable yet. Serina, 7, was devastated. Sophia, 5, was unaffected.
Me? I was slightly bummed. After all, it had dancing, singing, church singing, a moral and a love story.
It’s amazing how many times that movie has aired since then. I bet I have watched it eight times. My girls love it and recite many of the lyrics and one-liners at random times throughout the day. I catch myself doing the same thing! What a great message of being true to yourself and your passion.
I was totally sucked in when Cyrus grabbed the microphone at Atlanta’s Grand Slam rap showdown, revealing his true self to Roxie. The exchange was heartfelt and Roxie, Coco Jones, was a true talent. (Still shocked that she is only 14 years old!)
My husband’s buddy came by mid-Shine one day. “Is your wife really singing along to a kids Disney movie?” My husband, completely unashamed, simply replied, “Every family has its own kind of craziness.”
Fast forward to tonight when I discovered Camp Rock. I remember seeing the t-shirts and posters a couple of years ago, but we were still on Sprout and Nick, Jr.
So what if it’s the same story line: Someone pretending to be someone she (in this case) is not, only to come into her own, letting her true talents shine through.
It was upbeat and happy. We loved it. Young people getting stuck on who they are, eventually finding their way in this big, often baffling world.
Isn’t that what we have all done at one time or another? Wanted to be someone else? Felt uncomfortable in our own skin only to try on a different style, size or color?
I have. Maybe that’s why I relate to all these cheesy summer flicks. Since my girls love these movies as much (okay, almost as much!) as I do, maybe those good messages about confidence and strong senses of self will sink in and they will discover, early on, that the skin they are wearing is a perfect fit.
(Serina is already asking about Camp Rock 2 and 3. Yep, way behind the times!)
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