Michael just told me a cute, little story about a little boy and his friggin’ awesome mom he met at the Emporium.
He noticed a kid that had ran into the store, pulling his mom behind him. He was frantically looking around and his mom was laughing. ‘Do you see it? Do you see it?’, she repeated. He followed them with his eyes, thinking he was aiming for the Halloween stuff, but when they made an unexpected turn towards the princess room, it peaked his interest further and he peaked in, just in time to hear him shout, “YEAH! OH YEAH!”. He jumped up and down, holding the Ariel doll, in her bridal attire, over his head. His mom smiled, ‘Alright, alright. Let’s go get it then.’. Michael immediately offered to ring them out. He made small talk, and of course complimented him on his choice of doll, sharing that it was his fiancé’s favorite princess, too. A fellow Cast Member chimed in that it was so nice to see her encourage her child in whatever he likes, and mom responded; “I don’t. Not really. He may love dolls now and hate them later and be eternally embarrassed, or love them forever. Either way, it’s his choice and I merely support him in whatever his choices are.”
That, kids, is parenting at it’s finest.