Yesterday brought us news that saddened our hearts; especially the innocent heart of my daughter’s.
I don’t know how many of you have heard of or know of Disney’s ‘Descendant’s’, but it has become a huge, very popular franchise over the last few years. They began with their first movie “Descendants” which escalated into a second movie “Descendants 2”, and as predicted by probably every child and teenager in the world, a third movie, “Descendants 3” which airs on the Disney Channel in less than a month. My daughter has been a faithful follower since day one.
We all remember the Disney princes, princesses, and villains of our youth; Princess Belle, Aurora, Mulan, the Evil Queen, Maleficent, Jafar, Cruella de Vil, Ursula, etc; well hence the term ‘descendant’, meaning proceeding from an ancestor or source, the “Descendants” are their children.
I’ll give you a breakdown.
Mal is the daughter of Maleficent and played by actress and singer Dove Cameron. Evie is the daughter of the Evil Queen and played by actress and singer Sofia Carson. Jay is the son of Jafar and played by actor Bobo Stewart. Audrey is the daughter of Aurora and played by Canadian actress, singer, and dancer Sarah Jeffery. Ben is the son of Belle and ‘Beast’ and played by Australian actor, personality, and model Mitchell Hope. Uma is the daughter of Ursula and played by actress and singer China Anne McClain. Carlos is the son of Cruella de Vil and was played by Cameron Boyce.
Yesterday, we all learned Cameron Boyce passed away in his sleep from a seizure as a result of an ‘ongoing medical condition’ which has not, and probably will not be disclosed.
Breaking sad news to someone close to me is something I have done before, but it never gets easier. In fact, it’s harder the closer I am to them. In a previous relationship, I had to break the sad, tragic news of loved one’s passing to them. That was the first time. About ten years ago, I was faced with this responsibility again, having to tell my husband his dad passed away. Yesterday, after learning of Cameron Boyce’s unexpected passing, I faced yet again, breaking the sad news, but this time to my daughter. That was by far the hardest of all.
I could literally see her heart break and there was nothing I could do to stop it. She idolized Cameron. Her dad and I would pick on her, referring to him as her boyfriend, and like every young teenager, she would deny it, blushing her way through a verbal protest, ‘he’s not my boyfriend!’ So adorable; and yet, now a memory with a sad attachment.
As a mom, I hope I never have to break news like Cameron’s passing again, but I also know this is not a realistic expectation. Like Cameron’s passing, things in life happen unexpectedly. All I can do is be there for her, answer her questions, and remind her that his favorite thing to do in life was make people smile.
Rest in peace Cameron Boyce; May 1999-July 2019