When The Mouse Came To Town
Ann Kellogg Helms was raised in Central Florida and is a founder of a local group dedicated to celebrating and preserving the history and heritage of Orlando called Growing Up In Orlando Before Disney. When The Mouse came to town in 1971, a small, sleepy community suddenly was forced to grow up fast. Ann was one of the few who realized the importance of saving and remembering the friendships and the memories of the way we were. The following is some thoughts she recently posted on the Growing Up In Orlando Before Disney Facebook page and I think she nailed it!
“There was a time when the world was enormous: spanning the vast, almost infinite boundaries of your neighborhood. The place where you grew up, where you didn’t think twice about playing on someone else’s lawn. The street was your territory that occasionally got invaded by a passing car. It was where you didn’t get called home until after it was dark. And all the people, and all the houses that surrounded you were as familiar as the things in your own room.”
“Some people pass through your life and you never think about them again. Some you think about and wonder what ever happened to them. Some you wonder if they ever wonder what happened to you. And then there are some you wish you never had to think about again. But you do.”
On where life leads you
“Like I said, things never turn out exactly the way you planned. Growing up happens in a heartbeat. One day, you’re in diapers; next day, you’re gone. But the memories of childhood stay with you for the long haul. I remember a place… a town… a house… like a lot of other houses; a yard like a lot of other yards; on a street like a lot of other streets. And the thing is… after all these years, I still look back… with wonder.”