Monday, May 28, 2012

Day 149 of 365

So I had an interesting day...

I am a big advocate for the Disney Look, especially being a Core Trainer, but there is one "Manager" that has an issue knowing the proper way to coach a cast member that may have a look issue. Today I wanted to celebrate and honor the brave men and women who have fought and died for our country. Since I couldn't be with my family in Wisconsin standing out on the bridge overlooking Hwy 94 waving the American Flag for 5+ hours I wanted to do my own salute. Now as cast members we are allowed to wear the Mickey American Flag pin as part of our costume, but since I am not sure what has become of mine I decided to wear my American Flag/ Jiminy Cricket pin, pictured here. I have worn it on other Military holidays and was never questioned about it until today. One of the managers that I was working with today waited until we were out on stage with the guests and in front of another Manager and my trainee to tell me that I couldn't wear that pin. That it wasn't Disney look. When I tried to quietly explain to them, that as a cast member we are allowed to wear the flag pin they cut me off and continued to rant about the pin. If this were my first run in with this particular manager I may have backed down, but I simply turned to them and said "I have permission to wear this," and then I turned back towards my trainee and walked away.

I have been a trainer for 4 years and a core trainer for 3 and a half.  There is a right way and a wrong way on coaching a person. First you do not do it in front of guests, second you don't do it in front of other cast members. I was even approached by the other Manager that witnessed the altercation later and was told that that manager was out of line. I really appreciated knowing they had my back in the situation. (Thanks "nobody reads my blog" you know who you are) ;-)

So going back to my Uncle and Mom and family, I am so proud of them for flag waving today, honoring those soldiers that have died for our freedom.  My fantastic Uncle goes out on that bridge for Memorial Day, Veteran's Day, Fourth of July, he even got a Santa Suit and went out during the Christmas season showing his patriotism. My uncle (pictured below) is a Vietnam Veteran, one of my other Uncles is a retired Colonel, my cousin and his wife are Air Force. I am so proud to have family that have served our country to help keep us free. Please don't ever forget the brave men and women that have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

I knew a man called him Sandy Kane
Few folks even knew his name
But a hero was he
Left a boy, came back a man
Still many just don't understand
About the reasons we are free

I can't forget the look in his eyes
Or the tears he cries
As he said these words to me

All gave some and some gave all
And some stood through for the red, white and blue 
And some had to fall
And if you ever think of me
Think of all your liberties and recall
Some gave all

Now Sandy Kane is no longer here
But his words are oh so clear
As they echo through out our land
For all his friends who gave us all
Who stood the ground and took the fall
To help their fellow man

Love your country and live with pride
And don't forget those who died America can't you see

All gave some and some gave all
And some stood through for the red, white and blue
And some had to fall
And if you ever think of me
Think of all your liberties and recall
Some gave all

And if you ever think of me
Think of all your liberties and recall, yes recall
Some gave all

Billy Ray Cyrus



Love, peace and Never Forget those that Gave All
Musicsongbird