Frank, please keep the Magic in your heart the way Scott wants you to

Flowers at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
Scott’s flowers visited Disney’s Grand Floridian to help seal the bond


The purpose of this post is to help those needing healing, to heal just a little more. It doesn’t start out sounding like that though.

Dear Son, you have an interesting set of parents, both employed for the past 29 years at Walt Disney World. You live with the nightly option to look out any of our back windows, or simply sit at the dinner table, and watch Disney’s Magic Kingdom fireworks.

And wether we watch or not, hearing the booms is never an option, it comes inside our home even with the windows shut.

And during the day, the Walt Disney World Railroad steam train’s whistle, and the ferry boat’s horns.

Coming home last night from Scott’s “Celebration of Life” service, driving through “town” (WDW), God put His gentle hand on my soul and said, “Remember the words Frank spoke in his speech, and how he was afraid he couldn’t ever bear to go back to Disney, unless he went right away, and how Disney’s Grand Floridian visit was the best thing he could have done to keep his Brother’s memory alive?”

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Such pain and sorrow. I pray that each and every Disney moment only stir up magical Scott memories. Keeping him forever and close to your heart.

  2. Jeff,

    I never knew Scott, but through my friendship with you and as a fellow brother in Christ, I feel a piece of the sorrow you are experiencing right now. My heart goes out for his family – not only his blood relatives, but his extended Disney family. You have given us a glimpse into the life of a person that was special to you, putting a lasting memory in place for him – and that is pretty special. It does help the healing process.

    You did well, Jeff…you did well. As always, you are in my prayers.

    Philippians 1:3

  3. Patty, 100+ days later, looking back, so glad I followed my heart.

    We are not always rational when we are so full or emotion, but we are always authentic.

    There has been much healing in those 100+ days.

    It started, as you know as a fellow writer, with writing.

    We all heal differently. Different ways, different rates, different results.

    Writing speeds it up for me.

    It doesn’t answer all the questions, but it at least let’s the writer feel like the questions got asked.

  4. Bob, thank you very kindly for your validation.

    I did what felt good and decent in an emotional state of grief.

    As a writer, writing helped me accelerate healing.

    There was (and to a certain extent still is) much healing to be done.

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