She never wore an Elsa dress. She never asked for her hair in braids or for a funny snowman companion. I was not aware of it at the time, but our family outing to see Disney's Frozen two years ago marked her final princess movie. Some time after those closing credits, my little girl who loved all things sparkle and shine did the unthinkable... she grew up.
While the rest of the little girls in the world were obsessing over Queen Elsa and Princess Anna and squeezing plush Olaf toys for a cozy night of magical dreams, my girl was moving on. One week ago, we peeled the Cinderella decals from her bedroom walls. We donated a few princess dolls to charity last month. My daughter, at 7 1/2 years old, is too mature for princesses. In fact, she's embarrassed to have any connection to princesses. I am not supposed to call her my princess any more.
"You can call me anything else, Mom, but not 'princess'. I'm too big for that."
We own the Frozen DVD, but I think we watched it twice - by my request, not hers. My daughter's bedroom now shows off a funny Minion poster on the closet door and an Avengers poster on the adjacent jack-and-jill bathroom door. She laughs at the Lego Movie and she buries her nose in Harry Potter books.
For Christmas this year, my precocious oldest child is analyzing every last detail. Whose handwriting was that on the note from our elf? Are we sure it's Santa? Couldn't parents just hide the gifts until Christmas morning? My daughter has told me of her plan to investigate the handwriting on the gifts. And the wrapping paper. If anything looks like it came from Mom and Dad...
Yes, Frozen is a great movie, beloved by millions. It has an amazing soundtrack that I still enjoy. But alas, my daughter makes me switch the CD to Kidz Bop if I try to sing along with Elsa and Anna in the car. She spends her afternoons learning and writing lyrics from Kidz Bop pop tunes and has not touched a princess or Barbie DVD in over a year.
She grew up. And I was not ready.
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