April 16, 2014

I don’t want to build a snowman

In keeping with my commitment to being the last family in town to get whatever it is all the other families are buying, I held out for a long time against getting the soundtrack to Frozen.

(In case you’re wondering what other things my kids insist we’re the last family in America to get, we don’t have an Xbox, a wii, cable TV, or a football. We do have Netflix, so the kids are getting to watch the entire Little House on the Prairie series—starring the inimitable Michael Landon—from the beginning. I still cannot figure out why it is my children aren’t considered the coolest kids in their grades.)

Lilah’s kindergarten teacher was playing the soundtrack in the classroom, so the frenzy was getting stoked, regardless. Lilah was incessantly babbling about an eternal winter and telling me she got the feeling I didn’t know. Finally, I took the hint and, nudged on by the fact that Zachary’s Glee! class is performing Frozen, downloaded the soundtrack.

I was rewarded for my capitulation by glancing in the rearview mirror on Sunday and seeing them singing “Let it Go” together, although I’m pretty sure that Zachary was singing his parody, entitled “Let it Rip.” He’s nine.

It’s about twelve kinds of adorable to watch Lilah sing these songs, and fifty-seven kinds of sweet to watch Zachary actually interacting with his little sister. (Benjamin, the surly one, maintains a staunch opposition to said soundtrack being played in his presence.)

Every morning, after the boys head out to walk to school, I drive Lilah to her school with the soundtrack playing blaring and her shouting, “Stronger than a hundred men!” in the backseat. When we arrive at school, we sit in the parking lot with the engine off, finishing out whichever song we’re on. When you own the Frozen soundtrack, every moment is a Driveway Moment.

Then I take her in, and she reminds me: “Mommy, when you get in the car, can you please turn it off so that… you know…” Yes, yes, I do know. You want the soundtrack to pick up exactly where we left off when I get you in the afternoon, so I shouldn’t listen to it on the drive home.

Because after getting three kids ready for school and listening to you sing about how love is an open door, what I really want to do is get back in the car and listen to the Frozen soundtrack all by myself.

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  • Reply matt April 16, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Maybe you can get Benjamin interested in this version…

  • Reply Wendy April 16, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    So I was in the kitchen (while my daughters were in the living room watching Frozen which I just bought for them today, feeling like the last mom on Earth to purchase the DVD) and I was reading Confessions of a Prairie Bitch written by Alison Arngrim (I’m sure you know who she is.) and I was thinking I really wish I could watch all the Little House on the Prairie episodes from start to finish and I wonder if Netflix has it. Then I put the book down to look up a scene from the show on YouTube on my phone but got distracted by Facebook (because who doesn’t get distracted by Facebook) and saw you had a new post so I sat down in the living room and started to read it and well there was my answer to Little House on Netflix. And that was funny about “Let it Rip” which was the sentence I read as Let it Go came on the TV. Thanks for today’s coincidences!

  • Reply Toby April 17, 2014 at 12:57 am

    Well I really want to build a snowman but am I the only person completely confused and uninspired by the message of the movie????

    The parents lock their child in a room depriving siblings of their childhood relationship and then in the so-called moment of liberation and independence singing “Let it go!” she is hiding out shunning everyone away.

    Am I living in a solitary ice castle myself and not hearing others talking about this or just totally oblivious. Sorry I’m such a downer on this stuff, but seeing that movie just made me glad my boys are way more into watching Power Rangers. (And even more glad I saw it on the airplane and didn’t waste and afternoon.)

  • Reply Wendy May 12, 2014 at 2:31 am


    Interesting point, and I’ve heard others say similar critiques of Frozen. But this is the way I see the message of the movie: A lot of people keep things inside because they fear being different or they fear being judged by others. They act “normal” when they are falling apart inside because they are trying to hide something. This can be a learning disability, depression, a difficult home life, etc. Once people share with others what is different or “wrong” with themselves they feel better, and more free. They find that what they feared would happen once everyone knew either isn’t the reality, or doesn’t bother them anyway.

    The whole part of the movie where Elsa is locked inside her room does verge on child abuse. In fact, it’s a bit creepy that she and Anna have no contact with the outside world nor with each other for so many years. But I like the message that what we are told is wrong with us, and what we believe is wrong with our lives can be our strength.

    That’s just my two cents.

    • Reply Dawn May 14, 2014 at 7:14 pm

      Toby & Wendy,

      Elsa wasn’t locked in her room. She chose to stay in her room because she was afraid and couldn’t control the curse. As for keeping them in the castle, it is the same reasoning. The king wanted to keep the castle closed until Elsa could control the curse, but unfortunately died before that happened.

      There is no abuse in this movie and the point of it is learning that love, loving people’s differences and accepting help when needed are the tools to overcoming adversity.

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