My girlies LOVE their Disney Princess dolls. Before she could sit up on her own, Carmella was playing Princesses with Elisabeth. I LOVE the way these two are inseparable. And I LOVE the way when they are separated Carmella wanders around saying, "Where's Ellie?" And even though she has a wonderful room of her own I LOVE the way Carmella begs to sleep in Ellie's room. I can think of few things more wonderful in a little girl's life than the love shared between sisters. Not having my sister as part of my life breaks my heart EVERY SINGLE DAY. Because of that I have prayed and purposed for all my years as a parent to teach my children the value of such a relationship. And I LOVE that my five daughters cherish each other have and these wonderful years they have together to build many memories to last them when life will surely take them separate ways.
But to be honest, I still didn't give a whole lot of thought to the video. Thank goodness for our girls they have a father who keeps up on things like new DVD releases. He had the forethought to pre-order on Amazon so it would be here before the official release. Why that matters, I don't know, since we wouldn't be watching it until our Friday movie night. But there you have it. And in the meantime our girlies were preparing for the big day. Making costumes and pulling wigs out of the dress up box. Of course, Kaitlin mastered the hair styles and they were all ready to go. At dinner the other night Emma said, "I know what all the conversation will be about with the eight and under girls on Sunday." I was temporarily clueless and then they reminded me. Oh, yeah. The new video. (I had a busy week... give me a little slack!) We all had a little chuckle imagining Elisabeth and her Princess friends all talking about Frozen. But we really started laughing when we learned that Allen and the other Princess dads were already talking about it in anticipation of what was coming this week.
Samuel was devastated to realize he had cast himself as a bad guy. Who knew? If that wasn't upsetting enough, when Hans was making his way back to the castle Sam was pacing the floor and shouting, "Kiss her already!"
And yet, despite all that everyone tells me they liked Frozen. Well, almost everyone. Nathaniel came to me while I was getting ready for bed and said he didn't like the magic. I do have to agree with him. I do find it bothersome the way almost every kids movie now has something to do with magic. And people seem to completely ignore the fact that such powers come from Satan. But putting it aside, I liked Frozen way more than I expected I would. I would definitely watch it again. I liked that it wasn't filled with the rebellious spirit of Rapunzel and many other Disney films. I like that while you had the necessary protagonist the film was not overly full of violence or fearful scenes that sent my girls hiding behind the coffee table. Although, I do think the score of Rapunzel was better than Frozen, the musical performers of Frozen were far superior. Oh and for those among us who remember seeing the likes of Snow White in the theaters, Animation sure has come a long way since I was Elisabeth's age!
Despite the magic, despite the trauma caused to my boys, and not because of the animation nor the music, Frozen will find a place on our family movie shelf for one reason, and one reason only. I like the sister relationship. Such beautiful examples of what siblings should be to each other are rare and few between in this world. Every where you look there are brothers and sisters fighting and bickering. Families who don't speak to each other, talking behind each others backs, or striking out in bitterness and strife. These kind of negative examples are portrayed as norm in media. And while it is the most common behavior, it is indeed not normal. It is not what God planned. It is not what we are to live up to. It is not what I want for my children.
I loved the precious relationship of Elsa and Anna, as young girls and as grown women when faced with what appeared to be an impossible situation. It might be just a movie, but it is the sort of relationship I want my girls to have. I hope they look beyond the magic and allow this example to be emblazoned on their sisterhood forever.