Feels like I haven’t had much time to sew recently, but somehow I did have time to watch the Oscars the other night (hello, why is it on a Sunday night so we are all exhausted on Monday?!). Watching Idina Menzel sing that night got me thinking about how obsessed we are with Frozen here at the Day household. The CD is on repeat in our car, and Anna and Elsa dress up clothes hang at the ready for a performance of “Let It Go” by my daughter. Even my three year old son tries to sing along. On the way to preschool, if you were to drive by us, you would see me singing at the top of my lungs (not pretty, trust me) while my daughter is dancing and singing along dramatically and my son is mumbling the words while playing with a truck. It struck me the other day that there must be tons of Mamas out there doing the exact same thing with their kids. This is the joy of parenthood, right? Finding something that is child-like and silly (a Disney movie soundtrack) that you can delight in as much as your children do. I want my daughter to sing along and dance and make a show out of it. It tickles me to pieces when my son stumbles through the words and makes up new ones even though he doesn’t mean to. It is FUN. And I want for parenting to be fun whenever it can be. At the Oscars, the songwriters of the Frozen soundtrack, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, won the award for Best Song. I was over the moon that they won – I’m not sure why. I have no stake in their success. But it felt almost like a victory for simple fun with my kids. It was validation that this song is meant to be sung - however badly - as loud as possible whenever it comes on. And that it is something to be shared. So Mamas, keep singing. And enjoy watching your kiddos do the same!
p.s. Have you seen the Jimmy Fallon/Idina Menzel/The Roots version of "Let It Go"? I can't get enough of it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17QQcK4l6Yw