“For there is no friend like a sister
In calm or stormy weather;
To cheer one on the tedious way,
To fetch one if one goes astray,
To lift one if one totters down,
To strengthen whilst one stands”
– Christina Rossetti, Goblin Market
Yesterday, I took my oldest daughter, Sophie to see Frozen. She had already seen it with her friend, but I had been dying to see it myself, I love Disney movies, despite all their flaws, passive female characters, unrealistic male expectations, I don’t care. I just love them. I read that Frozen was good and even that it had really positive female characters, which made me happy, but I certainly didn’t except the experience I got while sitting in that theatre. It was an amazing story of sisterhood, of girls supporting each other, loving each other and saving each other. There were princes, and while they were interesting characters that provided support to the characters, they were no longer riding up on white horses (in fact it was mostly a reindeer) there to save a damsel in distress. The movie made me laugh, it made me cry and I felt so happy to share the experience with my Sophie and I can’t wait to share it will Matilda when she is a little older.
See, the thing is, when I was a little girl, I really wanted a sister. I wished I had someone I could tell all my secrets to, complain about parents to, someone to play outside with me, to share toys and clothes, and be my best friend that lived in my bedroom. I know that not all sisters get along like that, but that was what I wanted. Watching Frozen with Sophie I was so excited that she has a sister, someone to play with, someone to steal her toys and her clothes, and be her little buddy. Sophie is a lot older than Matilda but when I see the way they love each other, it’s like my heart overflows with joy. I might never have gotten my wish for a sister (just a stinking brother), knowing that my girls will get that special relationship makes me just as happy.