The Grief of Frozen

Since my child has entered toddlerhood, I’ve found that the majority of my time is spent watching Frozen. I’ve gone through the stages of grief several times over regarding the inevitable permanence of this film in my life. I’m not sure that this is what Dr. Kubler-Ross had in mind when she outlined the process, but it is entirely applicable to my mourning.

Denial. My kid cannot possibly like this movie. This is my kid. Maybe it’s just a phase. She’ll get over it. It’s been on every day for six months. Every. Single. Day. But that will end soon, right? Right?!

Anger. I hate this movie. I hate everything about this movie. This is all Anna’s fault, why is everyone pinning it on Elsa when Anna started the whole thing?? This music sucks. Why does everyone love this terrible music so much?

Bargaining. I will willingly watch The Minion Movie multiple times per day for the rest of my natural existence if there can just be an end to this madness. Just make it stop. I do not want to build a snowman, damn it.

Depression. This is my life. This is it. I have nothing to look forward to for the rest of my days with the exception of Kristoff’s reindeer song. And even that is so short. Why wouldn’t they even give Kristoff a full-length song? Even Hans gets a song of reasonable length. Albeit, it’s a duet, but he still garnered a lot of screen time for it. I’m even more depressed now that I’m considering the amount of time I just spent bemoaning Disney’s injustices towards poor, innocent, pungent Kristoff.

Acceptance. LET IT GO. LET IT GO. I AM ONE WITH THE WIND AND SKYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEYYYY. LET IT GO. LET IT GOOOOOOOOOOOO. YOU’LL NEVER SEE ME CRYYYEEEYYYYEE.

I just don’t get it. I’ve spent months of my life actively hating Frozen, and now I find myself identifying with Elsa and belting out “Love is an Open Door” with my husband. I can handle both parts on my own no problem, but it is a duet, after all. I think I’ve finally accepted it this time. Frozen is a permanent staple in my household. Then again, maybe it’s just a phase?

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