“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

Belle WHO? Ariel WHO?
Tuesday, July 29, 2008

My daughter has just returned from the summer camp she's attended in the North Carolina mountains since fourth grade. It's one of those old-fashioned rustic camps with no electrical outlets in the cabins and a lake instead of swimming pool. No cell phones are allowed, also no computers or phone calls home unless you get sent to the infirmary for some reason.

One night they had a Disney-themed party, and my daughter and her peers were chagrined to discover that the kids under age 12 only had a passing knowledge of the modern-classics she'd grown up: Lion King, Pocahontas, Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Hunchback of Notre Dame, etc.

"They didn't even know the words to all those great songs, Dad," she said. "All they wanted to sing was Hannah Montana and High School Musical. Ugh."

A little saddened, the counselors, after putting the girls to bed, met up in the counselor hut and proceeded to pay homage to all those great songs ... and to their childhood -- "Under the Sea," "Hakuna Matata," "Just Around the Riverbend" -- and they sang and danced well into the night.


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