If you’ve been around the internet much at all, you’ll know that Disney World’s Peter Pan (and the actors who play him) is something of an internet sensation. I had my own run in with him, when my best friend and I went to Disney World for our Senior Trip.
I’ve previously posted about my friend Michael who passed away in a motorcycle accident our senior year, and at the time of our trip I was still wearing a green bracelet in memory of him. One side said “Donate Life” and the other said “Dona Vita” which is Latin for donate life (everyone at our school took Latin, it was the only language they offered).
You can see my bracelet on my wrist in pretty much every picture from the trip. Here’s us visiting Rapunzel, and you can clearly see it right alongside my Magic Band.
We went to see Peter Pan on our last day, and I really didn’t want to go (I was hot and tired, and wanted to get food). But my best friend was dying to see him, so I agreed to go despite my initial reservations (it was her first ever Disney trip, after all, and I do love Peter Pan). So after waiting in line for quite a while, we were the last people to get to see Peter before he flew off to Neverland for a short break.
As I had every other day of the trip, I was wearing my Donate Life bracelet.
I let my BFF rush ahead of me – she was the most excited after all, and I followed behind, almost as excited now that we were in the moment. Peter happily introduced himself to me, chatting up a storm, and then his hand fell on my wrist. I don’t know what caught his attention, if he was going to make a joke about the Magic Band, or if he wanted to shake my hand, but somehow my Donate Life bracelet caught his attention.
“I love your bracelet!” he exclaimed, reaching out to grab my hand. I’ll never forget what happened next, as he twisted the band around and pointed directly at the words Donate Life. “It’s so bright and hopeful!”
I could have cried, I was in absolute shock, and the moment just so happened to be captured on camera (above). I had received other compliments during the trip, on my class ring (you can see it on my finger in both pictures) and the key shaped pendant I wore with my school logo. Most of them were from women (because we notice those things) and so far no one else had commented on the green bracelet.
But Peter did. And he knew.
There was a moment where I looked up at him, and my eyes met his, and he gave me a supportive smile, something in his expression saying, “I know. I understand. I care.”
I was too startled to say anything at the moment, but I hope he knows how much that meant to me. Truly sir, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.