Motherhood and other things…..such as the "Main Street Electrical Parade"


It was 1983, and I was 25 years old and I was happily married to a hometown guy.  I was working as an hourly Tour Guide at Disneyland, in Anaheim.  At the time I had not realized the impact of giving birth to my first son would be.  I attended classes for natural childbirth Lamaze and also attended classes at the nearby hospital on breastfeeding.  But nothing prepares for the moment when the nurse places that small tiny infant into your arms.  Also to my amazement…is that they let you leave the Hospital with the newborn baby, thinking that you know what you are doing.  How amazed I was that the motherly instinct comes into play and somehow you figure it out.  I used the call my first son, the experimental baby because everything you are doing is for the first time and you are learning at a very fast rate.

We brought our new baby home to our small Condo in Anaheim and we lived next door to a music composer, Don Dorsey who originally composed the music to Disney’s “Main Street Electrical Parade”, called the Baroque Hoedown.  Each night my small son would falls asleep listening to sounds coming from the wall next door (we shared a common wall) it was Don Dorsey’s electronic arrangements lulling my baby asleep each night in 1983.  Little did I know that  later on over 100 million Guests from all of the Disney parks would enjoy his music over the next 25 years.  I consider us lucky to have rented that Condo next door to Don Dorsey.  Most recently I ran into Don (freelancing) at work and I stopped by his lunch table to re-introduce myself and say thank you for his fantastic music and helping my son Cameron fall asleep each night.  Cameron is now 28 years old and is living and working in Santa Monica.
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About Poisematters

Lori is a recognized Protocol and Etiquette expert who received her training in 1997 from The Protocol School of Washington. Lori is certified and trained in International and Corporate Protocol and Etiquette instruction. Lori began her career with the Disneyland Resort in 1975 and has over 37 years of service with Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. In 2001, Lori Dominguez received the Orange County Tourism Council's Service Excellence award in the area of accommodations (Hotels). Lori continues teaching workshops on Protocol & Etiquette to local schools in Southern California including Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Long Beach and Cal Poly Pomona and Chapman University. She enjoys Fashion, Blogging, raising puppies, loves Social Media and Travel. Her family includes two grown sons; a husband who is a Football Coach; and one very spoiled Bernese Mountain Dog. When she is not working you can find her traveling to exotic designations with her handsome Hubby.
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3 Responses to Motherhood and other things…..such as the "Main Street Electrical Parade"

  1. LPC says:

    Your son is adorable, and aren't adult children as cute as newborns, in their own ways:)?

  2. PoiseMatters says:

    Dear LPC — You say it BEST !! Thank you for your kind words…Lori

  3. What a great story! And you're so right…the first child is the human guinea pig!

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