Hakuna Matata. It’s a Swahili phrase that means “there are no worries”.
Hakuna Matata. It’s similar to saying “no problem” or “don’t worry, be happy”.
The other night it was Hakuna Matata for sure while we enjoyed dinner and a performance of Disney’s The Lion King at the Orpheum Theater, which ends its stint in Omaha this Sunday.
My son Ben, his girlfriend Valerie, my aunt Kathy and I (photographed above; Kathy V snapped the photo) were celebrating a belated birthday, and we had a ball.
We dined at Spaghetti Works in the Old Market. As a child, the vintage eatery was one of my favorite spots. The restaurant has not changed a bit. The conversations were awesome. Kathy is always a delight and the teenagers were very social. That really is not the case with teens; a good reminder for me to be appreciative.
It was great to sit back and take it all in.
Both Kathy and I had seen The Lion King before… many, many years ago.
As the story line played on, I kept visualizing our long lost Disney VHS of the original animated story. I took little Zach to see the movie at the old Cinema Center back in 1994. It was his first movie theater experience. He was just a year old and LOVED it. That movie was the beginning of everything Lion King in our house — from books, cassette tapes, toys, puzzles, clothes.
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Zach & Ben wearing a hand-me-down Lion King romper.
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It was also the beginning of our large Disney VHS collection which grew as we added more boys to our family. The Disney movie quality also kept advancing and getting better and our love for the characters grew as our boys got older.
On our drive home, Ben sang every word to the Lion King soundtrack as though he was Simba.
And then our song came on: Hakuna Matata.
I had to agree with the lyrics; there really are no worries. Little happy boys turn into big happy boys.
Thanks for warming your mom’s heart again, Ben. Hakuna Matata.