|Minion singing "It doesn't have to be a snowman" into the doorknob of her brother's room|
We live, eat and breathe Frozen - like most houses with kids this age, I think. This doesn't really surprise me. What surprises me is the affect this movie has had on adults.
Yesterday, Anna.. I mean Minion.. and I were at HEB together. We stopped by the bakery for a cookie, like ya do, and she wanted a donut, not a cookie. Well, cookies are free and donuts are messy so she got a damn cookie. She cried through the bakery, the deli, and the "kitchen goods" sections. We got to the meat department and I needed to focus.
"Baby. You got a cookie! It's pink - eat that! You're not getting a donut, love. Just let it go."
Let it go. I said those words without thinking.
She stopped crying instantly. "Sing WET IT GO Mommy." .
"Oh baby not at HEB, when we get to the car."
The wails began again. "SING WET IT GO!"
So I hummed softly to her but she was having none of that. Here's the thing. I sing okay. I'm not getting a recording contract any time soon, but I don't make babies cry when I sing at church or anything. I sure as fuck ain't Idina Menzel though. I'm not even Demi Lovato (Thank God for that, amiright?) so I was really not wanting to belt out Let It Go in the meat department of HEB. Then inspiration struck.
"Want me to play the song for you on my phone? "
Of course I downloaded the song months ago, so it was easy enough to just play it for her - of course that meant I couldn't access my grocery list, but we just won't tell Big Guy how I blew the budget and it's the baby's fault, k?
She wanted me to sing along with the phone, which I did, softly, and she sang, too. Minion singing is just about the cutest thing you'll ever see. So we're singing and shopping and I round the corner in the meat department where 2 of the butchers, standing in blood stained lab coats and hair nets, are having a discussion of some sort. They hear the phone and us singing, and the older one smiles at Minion and stamps his foot and starts shooting "ice" from his hands. At the key moment, he flips imaginary hair over his shoulder and says "The cold never bothered me anyway." Minion could not stop giggling. Neither could I, for that matter.
I smiled hugely at the butcher in thanks and we carried on, with "Wet it go" on a loop. Eventually I couldn't take it anymore and suggested we switch to "Do You Wanna Build a Snowman" - of course she said yes. We sang and shopped some more.
At one point, we were on the cereal aisle and Minion asked "Is dis de fwozen aisle mama?" .. I looked around and since it clearly wasn't, I said "nope, cereal!" and she waved the phone at me "It is now!!!! DO YOU WANNA MAKE A NO-MAN!?!?!!?" and then she about fell out of the cart she was laughing so hard. My kids got jokes, man.
We were on about the 15th round of DYWBAS and when you're shopping, you tend to see the same folks over and over again. This one guy about my age was doing what we call "big shopping" - buying food for the week or two weeks for a family. We'd seen him a couple times. The third or fourth time we passed him, we'd just started a new loop of the song. Again, at the exact right moment, he leaned in and said to Minion "Go away, Anna!"
This sent us into another round of giggles.
Frozen is creating bonds between strangers - little kids who have never met can simply say "Wanna play Frozen?" and they'll instantly be best friends. Adults finally have a movie their kids can watch over and over that doesn't suck.
Thanks, cool dudes at HEB for making my little girl smile, and thanks Disney, for getting it right. Again.