When you take one small girl whose list of top 5 favourite things to do would include wear pretty dresses and play in the snow and introduce her to a film featuring both of those AND singing you end up with my life just now which is a constant loop of “DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A SNOWMAN” sung very loudly and accompanied by swishing dresses (her not me).
It also results in conversations like the one I had with her at the dinner table last weekend:
Matilda – Daddy? I’d like to dye my hair.
Me – *picks himself up off the floor* *panics, thought he had at least 10 years before having this conversation* Would you? What colour would you like to die it?
Matilda – I’d like it brown with a white bit at the front here
Me – *penny drops* you mean like Anna from Frozen?
Matilda – yes exactly
We’ve also had teenager like anguish that she wants to grow up so that her hair is longer (like Anna and Elsa) and demands that we plait her hair like Elsa’s. But that isn’t where the princess obsession stops, oh no! Her favourite book right now is called ‘a Royal fairytale’, it was a freebie from Britmums 2 years ago if I remember rightly and has been hidden away because I didn’t like it. It’s the story of William and Kate and she loves the pretty dresses and how they live happily ever after with a little baby called George (which incidentally is her favourite name for our baby).
I’m all for letting her choose what she wants to be in life and we’ve done our best to avoid gender stereotypes but I fear that the power of Disney and the classic fairytale has been too much this time. But on the positive side if you put Frozen on in the afternoon she’ll snuggle down on the sofa and fall asleep in less than 30 minutes. Strangely enough it seems to have the same effect on the lady of the manor too and while I’ve been on holiday this week has meant at least an hour of blissful peace as the only awake person in the house.
For now daddy’s little princess is going to be exactly that and I love it. I also love that while she loves her pretty dresses that she can swish in she also loves going for a walk to find the combine while wearing the dress paired with some wellies. Not entirely sure what that style is called but I like it. But I think I’d better start saving for all the Frozen themed presents she’s going to ask for for Christmas.