Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.
I am probably more like Princess Belle than any of the other princesses. Or maybe it is just that I want to think so.
For one my daddy comes across as pretty goofy, too. I haven’t had to bail him out of the dungeon of a castle, but my older brother said something about almost having to.
Here are the characteristics of Belle that I think are worth developing:
Independent – Belle is Belle and nobody else.
Free thinker – I think it comes from reading. Lots of information in = lots of stuff to think about.
Dreamer – Rapunzel is not the only who dreams. Far off places, daring adventures …
Reader – I love to read.
Imaginative – you have to have something of substance to form your imagination around.
Patient – I wouldn’t be able to put up with Gaston’s advances like she did.
Opinionated – this comes from being well read and being able to support your thoughts.
Speaks her mind – most people don’t speak well because they have nothing to say. Bell has plenty to say.
Intelligent – I would rather be intelligent than beautiful, but Belle is both.
Compassionate – how tenderly she nursed the Beast. And at the risk of her safety she rescued her father and took his place.
Beyond superficial – She could see the inner qualities of the Beast long before others could.
Stubborn – She won’t if she doesn’t want to and she will if she does.
Kind – she won the monster over with kindness.
Loyal – You came back!
Graceful – Better than Ginger Rogers who did everything Fred Astaire did except backwards and in high heels. Belle seems to float when she dances.
Valiant – Courage in action.
What a beautiful person inside and outside is Belle.
I have a lot of growing up to do.
Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.