Let it Go has many meanings for us this week. We’re letting go of a lot of junk as we spring clean and prepare for a yard sale. We’re letting go of a lot of built up emotion a year after the Marathon Bombing that had us frozen in our homes during lock down on a beautiful day just like today. I am trying to let go of the fact that I haven’t really planned for break. I often take the kids to Wellfleet or we go to NYC. When we don’t have a trip planned, we at least have a few day trips scheduled, but this year spring break snuck up on me. I love being around this time of year because the trees have tiny buds that get bigger each day, we head to the playground, we visit the babies at the farm, Cambridge Science festival keeps us busy with lots of intriguing science happenings. This year, instead of being excited I am anxious. I have work to do. My allergies have me in a full on fog. The house is a mess. The kids are bickering. My entire neighbourhood has travelled back in time to the dust bowl era and is being dug up. There are trucks beeping and steel plates crashing starting at 7 a.m. and I am not able to leave my house without disrupting their work and having them move some giant piece of equipment. I am trying to let it all go, but I can’t freeze the world around me and I have nowhere to escape…or so I thought.
On the way to school the siblings would argue. “Stop singing out loud.” she’d say. “I can’t help it, I love this song.” he’d reply. “I need silence.” she’d say. “I want the radio” he’d reply. “I hate this song.” she’d moan. “But it’s my favourite.” he’d plead. Thank goodness our ride to school is short and we’ll soon be walking again! But for now, school is outm the Frozen cd has replaced the radio and the arguing has stopped. They are belting out “Beware the frozen heart! Huh!” and “Let it go!” and “Come on let’s go and play!” They sing through the first tracks and ask me to go back again from the moment the hop in the car until we arrive back home. They’ve memorized most of the lyrics and we stopped at Staples to make a copy of the cd booklet so they can both follow along.
At home, the children completed clearing out their rooms, letting go of trinkets, books, clothing, and toys (Save the Date: Yard Sale Saturday, May 3rd 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.), but I have plenty more rooms and closets to clear out. Lady luck is on my side, or rather Anna, Elsa and Olaf are, because instead of a chorus of “I’m bored”s when we get home from our morning outings, I hear the chorus “Let it go!” blasting out of their bedrooms.
Isabelle has even asked for the piano score so she can learn to play it. This is the first time she’s sat at her keyboard in a long while.
As for me, I have yet to watch the movie from start to finish. Perhaps after a long day of cleaning, entertaining, and taxiing the children around, I will pour myself a nice freezing glass of Rosé and watch the movie from start to finish.