The Soundtrack of My Childhood

Years ago, I remember swinging on our brand new swing-set with my little sister on a crisp So Cal winter day. I remember having a knitted sweater on and I remember my sister kicking ever so high into the air next to me. “Higher sister… go higher sister,” she squealed with delight as we both caught air from our swings. As the momentum started to wane, we both broke out into song, something we still do today.


“When You Wish Upon a Star” from Pinocchio was the soundtrack of our childhood. It was everything our parents hoped for us and it has been the mantra of both of our lives. Neither of us understood then, or understand now, the notion that there are limits in this life because we were raised knowing that if we can wish for it, and put in the work to make it happen, anything our heart desires will come to us.

Now that we both have families of our own, we both share this with our children.

I remember the first time I heard the same lyrics slip from my lips as a new mom. Maddie was just weeks old, and as I’ve shared before, I didn’t bond with her immediately after birth. It took me a couple days. Her pregnancy was high risk and I think I was just scared of losing her. A nurse in the hospital told me that the best way to overcome this was to start telling her stories from my life. The idea was to share what my childhood was like and what I hope hers will be like, too. I started to talk and share with her.  Before I knew it, I was singing her “When You Wish Upon a Star” and the rest is history. Now each of my girls has grown up hearing it and the message within it that is so important to me.

I want my girls to know that making wishes is very important. It is the gateway to living a great life. It is a map of sorts that will lead them to greatness and happiness. I also want them to know that wishes change often and to never stop making them.  Along with their wishes, they also have to remember to never give up on them and to work hard to make them come true.

As the youngest, Emmy is just starting to understand this. For her especially, I like to also watch movies together that help her understand this better. I am so excited that Pinocchio will soon be available on Blu-ray, Disney Movies Anywhere and for the first time on Digital HD so that we can watch it over and over again at home!

If you have never seen it before or need a refresher, it is a timeless tale for the whole family and is the movie that inspired the world to wish upon a star. With his faithful friend Jiminy Cricket by his side, Pinocchio embarks on fantastic adventures that test his bravery, loyalty, and honesty until he triumphs in his quest for his heart’s desire: to become a real boy. I have tears just thinking about it! This really was such a special story from my childhood!

It is now a part of the celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection, the timeless story of Pinocchio inspires a new generation with its masterful animation, award-winning music, unforgettable characters and exclusive, all-new behind-the-scenes Bonus Extras!

Does Pinocchio hold a special place in your heart too?

Heather Delaney Reese from It's a Lovely Life is an inspirational storyteller and lifestyle writer who loves food, travel, So Cal, tech, Disney & family adventures.

In celebration of one of our favorite movies Pinocchio, I am happy to be sharing this story in partnership with Disney.

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