I had almost forgotten how much I liked the song “Let it Go” from the “Frozen” soundtrack. I mean, who doesn’t like it? But it had been a while since I had heard it. For some reason the kids wanted to listen to the CD yesterday, so when I got in the Suburban this morning to come to work that’s what I heard. And believe me, I was JAMMIN’ OUT! That’s a phrase from the 80s, sorry. Anyway, so I’m embarking on the half mile trek to the studio and I’ve got it cranked up. Had I been in a convertible you better believe the top would have been down. In my mind I’m picturing Princess Elsa in all her hotness, parading up that mountain. Yes, I said it. Princess Elsa is hot, especially for someone who is two dimensional. I mean, she’s no Jasmine, but she’s right up there in the world of animated hotties. I’ve included a picture for you non-believers.
See what I mean?
So I’m alone and I begin to sing along. I only sing when I’m alone, because in my world I’m an excellent singer. In the real world, not so much. Nevertheless, Elsa and I have a great duet going:
Let it go, let it go
Can’t hold it back anymore
Let it go, let it go
Turn away and slam the door!
I’m feeling this…
I don’t care
What they’re going to say
Let the storm rage on,
The cold never bothered me anyway!
Sing it with me…
It’s time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
THIS IS REALLY EMPOWERING!!!
(Imagine me yelling that as if the windows were down)
No right, no wrong, no rules for me……I’m freeeeeeeeeeee!
(that’s the sound of screeching tires, in case you didn’t know)
What?!?! What did she just say???
“No right, no wrong, no rules for me”
Did you ever notice that? I didn’t, until this morning. Let it sink in. No right. No wrong. No rules for me.
Now of course, I realize that it’s a cartoon, and in context it makes perfect sense. I won’t spoil it for you if you haven’t seen the movie, but if you haven’t you probably don’t have internet either and you won’t be reading this. Basically Elsa is planning on living a life of isolation, that’s all you need to know. But my point is, when we sing the song, and when our little girls sing the song, it’s not in that context. They are singing about themselves. They are singing to themselves, “no right, no wrong, no rules for me.”
Yes we need to teach our children to be strong independent thinkers. Yes we need to empower them. Yes we need to provide them with the tools they need to be productive. But there IS a right, and there IS a wrong, and we need to teach them that too. And sadly, yes there are rules. Some of which were made to be broken. The majority of which should be followed.
It’s just my two cents. What do you think?