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Ohana means family, and family means nobody gets left behind… or forgotten.
That’s one of my favorite lines from a movie I have come to adore; Lilo and Stitch.
I didn’t pay attention to it it at all until this past summer, when we visited the Polynesian Village Resort at Walt Disney World. Lilo and Stitch are the main characters there, and the resort is themed in a gorgeous South Pacific Island decor with tasty food like pulled BBQ pork sandwiches, chicken wings, and the famous drink served in a pineapple.
One afternoon while my family relaxed, I made an important phone call. I phoned my boss (yes, from vacation…) and quit my job. As these things sometimes are; it was life changing. I didn’t realize I was in such good company at the time; it wasn’t until later that I learned John Lennon had resigned from the Beatles at that same exact spot.
Great minds…. (and families) think alike.
My family is everything to me. Not just my immediate family; but my extended family too. One thing about my family…. we like our parties. We like to get together, and hang out.
We are not afraid to have a luau inspired by our favorite Disney resort in February… in Michigan.
We celebrated family, and showed off our #DisneySide while we were at it.
We had Lilo and Stitch playing in the background for the kids. (OK who am I kidding. The world stops when that movie is on.)
We also managed to play some Disney Trivia (I won!), Disney Bingo (I lost!), did a little luau dancing, and enjoyed each others’ company. In my family, almost one half of the kids in my generation are adopted. No, not from outer space like Stitch was, but divorce and lives cut short by cancer and other illness have hit my family hard; yet we persist. We stay together. No one gets left behind… or forgotten.