“Frozen” Advice for Moms: Let It Go


I’m going where dozens (perhaps hundreds) have gone before: remaking the lyrics of Let It Go” from Disney’s movie, Frozen. This doesn’t please me. I generally loathe jumping on bandwagons. Even the appearance of doing such makes me twitch, such as buying a book that has “Oprah’s Book Club” slathered across the front in a phony medallion as if keeping up with Oprah is my sole reason for reading (cringe) or buying food labeled”Gluten Free” which just gives me too much credit as a conscious consumer for me to take pleasure in the purchase. But, I’m doing it.

The song makes an appearance in our house periodically if my husband and I hear it out and about. It sticks in there like a cheerio in a car seat. The last time it burbled out of my mouth before I could stop it, I was cleaning the bathroom sink and bemoaning the fact that I couldn’t do something so simple as keep a regular bathroom cleaning schedule…”Let it go, Let it go…”

It turned into a creative writing exercise. Here’s a link to the YouTube clip – unlike other brave souls, I will not be singing this rendition (you’re welcome).

“Let It Go”

The dust shimmers gray through the whole house today
Not a clean spot to be seen
A kingdom of commotion
And it looks like I’m the queen.

To-do lists howling like the dog that’s stuck outside
Couldn’t turn them off, heaven knows I tried

Don’t let them in, don’t let them see
Mommy reading on the potty in peace
Don’t make a sound, don’t let them know
How do they know

Gotta go, gotta go
Says the 3-year-old through the door
Gotta go, gotta go
I’m gonna poop all over the floor

I don’t care
What they’re going to say
Spray her down with a hose
Baths always bothered her anyway

It’s funny how a few years
Changes big things into small
And the vomit that once repulsed me
Can’t get to me at all

The toilet’s growing something new
Toys on the floor, bed sheets askew
Not that, eat this, that’s not a toy

Let it go, Let it go
It’s a phase, just don’t ask why
Let it go, Let it go
It really is okay to cry

Here I stand
And here I’ll stay
Mommy’s gonna power on

My spirit sags as I pick one kid off the ground
Another stubs her toe and there are boo-boos all around
And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast
I will need more caffeine
And I will need it fast

Let it go, let it go
And I’ll rise with a smile and a yawn
Let it go, let it go
The perfect mom is gone

Here I stand
The middle of day
We won’t change clothes
Pajamas never bothered them anyway


Public Service Announcement: Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11.


3 Responses to ““Frozen” Advice for Moms: Let It Go”

  1. Carrie Rubin

    “Pajamas never bothered them anyway.”—Loved that. 🙂

    Yep. When one’s a mother, whether to toddlers or teens, “Let It Go” needs to be a daily mantra.

    • RebeccaV

      Frankly, pajamas still don’t bother me most days 🙂 Also, my 3-year-old may or may not have had a cookie for breakfast today because we didn’t have any other food in the house. Definitely a “Let it go” day here. And grocery day.


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