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Lessons from the Lion King

Lessons from the Lion King - Museum of Natural History NYCI just got back from my New York City trip.  As I told in a previous post we had a Mother/Daughter weekend in New York City going to see the Lion King on Broadway.  I have always loved the story of the Lion King.  I remember seeing it with my children back when it came out in 1994.  The actual Broadway Play started running back in 1997.  For me this was a dream come true as I have always wanted to see a Broadway play.  My daughter has been to several Broadway Plays and this was her favorite so she chose to see it again with us.  Before going I was curious as to whether it would live up to my expectations.  WOW, not only did it live up to my expectations but exceeded them.  The costumes, the music, the choreography, everything was just INCREDIBLE. 

One of the things I LOVE about the Lion King is the story itself.  Simba as a baby cub is doing as most young children do living the carefree fun life.  He gets in to trouble with his friend Nala and his Father has a talk with him.  At the end of the talk his Father tells him "So whenever you feel alone, just remember that those kings will always be there to guide you ... and so will I." 

His Uncle Scar plots his Dad's death and makes Simba think he caused it.  Simba runs away trying to escape from his past.  He meets up with Timon (the meerkat) and Pumbaa (the warthog). Timon tells him  "When the world turns its back on you; you turn your back on the world!" So Simba grew up in this happy bachelor life, eating bugs and grubs, until one day, his childhood friend Nala showed up.  He tells her;  "I just needed to... get out on my own. Live my own life. And I did. And it's great." It almost sounds like he is trying to convince himself as well as her. 

Along with meeting up with his childhood friend Nala he also meets back up with the monkey Rafiki.  Who tells him "I know your father, he's alive and I will show him to you." He has Simba look at his own reflection and when Simba says he only sees himself Rafiki tells him to look harder because he lives in you.  He hears his Dad's words "You have forgotten who you are, and so you have forgotten me.  Look inside yourself Simba.  You are more than what you have become. Your must take your place in the Circle of life."

Rafiki then says the most profound words of the whole story "Oh yes the past can hurt but the way I see it you can either run from it, or... learn from it."  Simba goes on to find himself and save the pride and everything else from extinction.

Tarina Peterson on a troop transportIf you are interested in someday seeing the Broadway Play the Lion King I found this cute YouTube clip that goes back and forth between the film and the play.

Isn't this a beautiful life story and in so many ways represents what happens when we transform from a child to an adult.  As I told you in an earlier post we were celebrating my daughter's 26th birthday and my friends daughters 13th birthday.  My friends daughter is very sweet but at that 13 year old stage where it is "ALL ABOUT ME". My daughter could see herself 13 years ago.  I can't tell you how many times she apologized to me over the weekend for what I put up with when she was 13; it was quite humerous.  My daughter was a terror at that age.  Thank God she came out on the other side and is a wonderful responsible young woman.

So how does a Texas girl end up living in New York City?  She actually moved there after graduating from the Univeristy of North Texas in Communications Design.  Moving there as a graphic artist she quickly found out that she REALLY DID NOT LIKE corporate America.  (The acorn does not fall far from the tree).  She decides this after moving to one of the most expensive cities in the world.  At this point she ended up getting a job with a Charter Airline based out of JFK as a flight attendant.  The company she works with does mainly International flights.  She is literally seeing the world and getting paid to see it.  The Airline has one of the contracts to move our troops and she loves those troop flights.  By choice she mainly works these troop flights; they remind her of the boys back home.  To be quite honest these are a lot of the boys back home as Texas is well represented in our Mineral pools in Iceland taken by Tarina Petersonmilitary.

As far as her art goes it is showing up in other ways.  She has really gotten in to photography and keeps a running photographic file of her travels on Flickr.  She also writes long entertaining emails about her travels.  This might not have been what she ended up graduating in but the life experiences she is getting is incredible.  The same strong willed traits that I fought as she was growing up are proving to be invaluable as a young adult.  If you go to her Flickr site look to the right and you will see the sets.  I pulled up the picture on the left from an Iceland trip.  She has fairly long layovers on these trips and takes full advantage.  As we were heading back to Texas she was heading for a week in Southeast Asia.  She will be going to Japan, Guam and Thailand.  She will spend her actual 26th birthday in Guam.

Her brother heads back to Iraq with the Army mid March who knows maybe she will be on the flight taking him there.

Comment balloon 35 commentsMarchel Peterson • January 22 2008 07:20PM


They are fun when they grow up and become friends. That would be exciting IF she did get on the flight with your son. Beautiful Post, Marchel. I can see you in here smile. 
Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) almost 11 years ago
Marchel, glad you enjoyed your time in NY. What a wonderful daughter you raised. And what a great job. I'm curious with so many airline flight attendants laid  off in the last few years, did she have an inside connection to get this charter Job?
Posted by Ginger Sala, Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~ (Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC) almost 11 years ago

I'm a professional musician who plays in pit orchestras for musicals in Hilton Head, South Carolina.  The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina auditions, hires and casts professional actors to come down from New York to do the musicals.  I've done "Once Upon A Mattress", "The Music Man", "Hello Dolly", "West Side Story", "A Chorus Line", "Showboat", "5 Guys Named Moe", "Mame", "42nd Street," "Chicago" and most recently "The Full Monty." 

Each show has its own unique perspective and lessons learned.  I should do a post about Lessons Learned from The Full Monty.  That would be a hoot! 

I'd love to see The Lion King musical.  The movie was great and Elton John did a fantastic job scoring the music.  That's one musical I want to see when I eventually get to New York City.

Jon Miller, Broker, United Country-Marshland Realty


Posted by Jon Miller (United Country-Marshland Realty) almost 11 years ago

Missy, it is FUN when they come out on the other side isn't it.  I was never really a friend with my children; I was their parent but now I can also be their friend.  I LOVE IT!!!

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) almost 11 years ago

Ginger, she kind of had an inside connection but this company has a fairly high turnover rate so they are always hiring.  I knew about the company because of clients I had who I helped find a house here in Spring.  She was a flight attendant and he was a pilot.  It is a local NYC company and my daughter really felt good about herself when she showed up to the interview in professional attire and half the people there were in t-shirts and jeans.

It is almost like my daughter changed lives with my client who now lives here (lol).

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) almost 11 years ago

Marchel, what a great smile your daughter has! She's definitely your daughter. What fun for her to be able to see the world and gain so much life experience while getting paid to do so! She is a fortunate young lady and her photography is stunning.

Your son will be on my prayer list. It's that we're making huge gains in the war the press seems to not mention it as much. you think they ARE biased???? When it was going wrong that's all they talked about. You must be very proud of your son. I know I am of all the's not easy on them or their families.

Posted by Linda Scanlan (A Fan of AR) almost 11 years ago

Jon, I'm IMPRESSED!!  You should write a post about lessons learned from the Full Monty; that would be a HOOT!!  I can see where they would each have their life lessons.  This one didn't hit me until the comment was made about living with your past. 

I'm sure you would LOVE the Lion King.  There were lots of small children at the play and once it started not a word was heard from them.  It was just INCREDIBLE!!!!!!  I would LOVE to see it again.  I expect I should broaden my horizons though; maybe the Little Mermaid next time.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) almost 11 years ago

Linda, Thanks!  I am very proud of both of my children.  It is so much fun when they become young productive adults. 

I appreciate the prayers for my son.  I have put a prayer list together that I will start sending out once he leaves.  Would you like to be on it?  I think he is going to be in a much safer area this time than last time; although it is still nerve racking having him over there.

You are right about the media.  I think they only like to report on blood and gore.  They become really quiet when everything is going good. 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) almost 11 years ago
Marchel, yes I sure would like to be put on the prayer list. I would consider it an honor.
Posted by Linda Scanlan (A Fan of AR) almost 11 years ago
Marchel, thanks for the stories of your daughter and son. They must make you so proud. I worked for a company in Manhattan but never did take time to do the Broadway shows. Glad you and your mother did the trip. It's great, as in your daughter's case when you can see the world and someone else picks up the travel tab. My prayers will be with your son as he does his military tour.
Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 11 years ago
Tell your son a big Thanks from another American. We appreciate what they do for us.
Posted by Trey Thurmond, College Station , Texas Homes (BCR Realtors) almost 11 years ago
Marchel - I too love being friends with my children.  I always hated being the bad guy when they were growing up but knew it was necessary.  It sounds like you had a lovely time in NY with your daughter!
Posted by Mary Warren almost 11 years ago

Gary, so did you live right in Manhattan?  Wow that is one busy city.  I love all the hustle and bustle but I think for visiting.  My daughter no longer lives right in the city and to be honest I think I enjoy visiting her more now than when she was in the city.

I appreciate your prayers for our son.  I was not thrilled with him having to go back again so quick but he is taking it like a man whereas I am taking it like a Mom.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) almost 11 years ago
Trey, I will.  It is wonderful how we support our troops now days.  I think we REALLY learned a lesson from the Vietnam War.  When he is in uniform he is often stopped from people thanking him for his service.
Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) almost 11 years ago

Mary, I have to say it was fun watching my friend being the bad guy while I could be the friend.  Only because I remember being the bad guy. 

We had an INCREDIBLE time!!!

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) almost 11 years ago
you are such a proud mom and rightfully so.  Glad the play was enjoyed - thanks for sharing
Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) almost 11 years ago

Thesa, I am a proud Mom.  My daughter just emailed from Japan.  She messed up an exchange rate and zeroed out her account and needed me to transfer.  She has the extra money but now in Yen.  Nice that we live in the age where I can quickly help.  She said she had broiled Eel today.  I'm not even sure what that is.

The play was incredible.  Everything I thought and more.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) almost 11 years ago
Marchel great post.  The experience of watching a child grow, guiding them through life (being the bad guy) and one day waking up to find a best friend is priceless.  Glad you had a wonderful time.  My daughter is in Atlanta right now.  She is a convention planner.  She always loved to travel, and that is what she does.  Our futures are not always what we plan, somethimes they work out a lot better.
Posted by Cindy Saling, Smooth Saling with Cindy Saling (Award Realty) almost 11 years ago
Cindy, it is fun when they come out on the other side.  It is also fun when they are loving what they are doing.  My life was not happy when she was working as the graphic artist.
Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) almost 11 years ago
Wow, that sure was some great insight, super stuff. Its great that she can participate in making the troops flying home smile as they get back. It makes me smile just looking at that picture. My brother gets out of the USMC in march, so, its all good. Lance
Posted by Lance Winslow (The Car Wash Guy) almost 11 years ago
Marchel  All I'm going to say is "That was fantastic post"  I'm sure your lovely daughter is having a great time - serving and travelling,  Karen
Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) almost 11 years ago

Marchel - I am glad you had a great time in NYC.  It is so nice when the relationship between parents and children remain strong.  I know I am grateful to have a close relationship with my children.

Your daughter is  having the time of her life; yes now is the time to have these adventures.

Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) almost 11 years ago
Hi Marchel,
I think it is wonderful you had the time with your daughter.  Those times are so precious and as my Mom says "you're making memories". 
A wonderful post.  I could feel the warmth and love through your words.  
Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) almost 11 years ago

Lance, thank you!  I really appreciate your comment as I really spent way too much time working on that post but I couldn't remember the exact words from the Lion King but knew I liked what they said so had to go dig up the script on Goggle and dig through it. 

Thank your brother for his service to our country.  Freedom is not free; we have our wonderful military to thank for our freedom.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) almost 11 years ago

Karen, she is having the time of her life.

Jennifer, it is really fun when they become young productive adults.  I'm glad she is doing this while she is young before having attachments.  She fully intends to move back west someday; as this is where her roots are.  She probably won't move back to Texas as she likes the seasons; having spent her first 12 years in Colorado.  She is talking about Alaska, that seems a little far west to me but who knows.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) almost 11 years ago
Cynthia, that was a weekend to remember.  I went last year for her birthday also and we went to the MET.  I especially enjoy being with her over her birthday when she is living so far from us.
Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) almost 11 years ago
Marchel, What a wonderful post about yourself and your children. I too have grown children and it is wonderful being able to watch them as they find their way in life and make good decisions but the best part is the grandchildren (you'll get there soon enough). I too would like to be kept in the loop for your son as he goes off to Iraq. I will keep him in my prayers. Be sure to let him know that I am a gratful citizen that fully appreciates his service to our country.
Posted by Judy Tuscano, NH Real Estate Professional (Prudential Verani Realty) almost 11 years ago
Judy, It is fun to see them making good decisions as young adults.  It is amazing how much smarter we have become in their eyes.  I'm still praying for those Christian spouses. 
Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) almost 11 years ago
Hi Marchel! Sounds like a wonderful time and terrific play. I would love to see it. I am like you in the fact that I love the story line, the music and the lessons learned in The Lion King. Your daughter sounds wonderful and I know you had a great time. So, your son is off again to Iraq? Where will he be stationed? Our son is there and should be coming home in May 2009 if not sooner. Let's visit soon. My daughter is getting married this weekend so my time has been donated to that since I got back from Mexico. You take care! Deb
Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) almost 11 years ago

Marchel--What a lucky lady you are! I was just telling my teenager yesterday that my hope is that when he is 25 he wants to come and visit us because he enjoys our company. Some families don't achieve that as it takes work. Sounds like you did something right. So glad you enjoyed the play with your daughter...Give your son a big thank you from my family too1

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) almost 11 years ago

Debra, it was a wonderful time and I too love the Lion King. 

Our son will be heading back to Iraq mid March.  I sure hope they decide to shorten the tours to 12 month tours instead of the 15 month tours.  That is being discussed right now.  It is really only the Army that has the 15 month tours and it is a bit of a burden on our Army. 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) almost 11 years ago
Teri, it is so much FUN when they come over to the other side of the teenage years.  Actually our problems with our daughter was more about that 13 year ago; she really was not a problem during the high school years.  I have to thank God and Dr. James Dobson who was inspired by God for her coming to the other side.  I think I outlined his book "The strong willed child".
Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) almost 11 years ago
Marchel--Read the book and attended classes with my strong willed preschooler...Taught me a lot about how to deal with him and help him deal with others. Teen years are going well...So Far...Keep your fingers crossed for me! :)
Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) almost 11 years ago
Teri, that's an ongoing class isn't it?  From the time our daughter was 2 if you drew a line in the sand she was going to put her toe over and say "what are you doing to do".  By the time we got to high school though life was good, our problems were early.  It sounds like you are on the right track also.
Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) almost 11 years ago

Lion King on Broadway is so cool!  My ex's brother is the stage combat director for that show (2 of the nicest men you'd ever want to meet), so I got to check that out a few years back when we were in NY.  It's amazing.  Beauty and the Beast (now closed, sadly) was even more amazing! 

I won't be taking my son to anything like that any time soon - but I hope we can somewhere down the road...


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