Thanks, Disney. My kid wants to go to Africa.

Lion in Serengeti National Park

A real “simba” in the Serengeti

My daughter, Lucia, is at that stage in her young life where she has discovered and fallen in love with Disney movies. First, it was Wall-E; now, it’s Tangled. But in between those two was The Lion King. We watched it together one day and it was the first time I’d seen it in years.

I’d forgotten about the quick shot of Mt. Kilimanjaro in the opening scenes so when it hit the screen, I excitedly told my daughter, “Hey, Mommy climbed that mountain!” (In reality, I attempted; summit was unsuccessful, but that’s neither here nor there….)

Lucia then asked where the mountain is. I replied, “In Tanzania, a country in Africa.” We know kids are sponges, right?  Every time we’ve watched The Lion King since that conversation took place, when Lucia spots Kilimanjaro, she screams, “It’s Mommy’s mountain!” It’s adorable, really, but not as adorable as what she said a few days ago when we watched The Lion King again. The moment she saw Mt. Kilimanjaro, Lucia said, “Mommy, you lived there?” I replied, “No, Mommy didn’t live in Africa. I just went there to visit.” Then Lucia said, “You take me to Africa?” How could I say anything but, “Yes, of course I will take you to Africa!”  Honestly, I was way too emotional to come up with any other intelligible statement.

So, thanks to Disney, now I have to take Lucia to Africa. I’m not complaining.

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0 Responses to Thanks, Disney. My kid wants to go to Africa.

  1. Leah Travels (@L_e_a_h) April 20, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

    I’m with Lucia. I want to go to Africa too! Let me know when we’re going. What a cutie she is.

    • Francesca April 24, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

      Thank you, Leah. That kid is a riot. I have every intention of taking her to Africa – when she’s older. Who knows – maybe we’ll attempt Kilimanjaro together.

  2. Micki@TheBarefootNomad June 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    Awww… That’s so sweet.
    I think you’re giving your little one a great gift by teaching her that it’s possible to climb mountains and travel to Africa.

    • Francesca June 12, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

      Thank you so much, Micki. That means a lot. She still talks about going to Africa every now and again. Her latest reason is to watch the giraffes drink at the watering hole. (I honestly don’t know where/how she learned about that….)

  3. ivy July 16, 2012 at 11:49 pm #

    I live in Uganda, it neighbours Tanzania to the north. And i must admit, though poor, africa is beautiful! You should bring your daughter to get this experience. If you ever come to uganda, the source of the river nile, and the famous mountain gorillas would be a great recommendation from me.

    • Francesca July 18, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

      I would love to make it to Uganda one day. I agree, Africa is beautiful – well, what I’ve seen of it. I know I’ll definitely travel to Africa with my daughter when she’s older. Thanks for visiting & commenting!

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