My 3 year old daughter, Elle, came out dressed in her best Princess Anna outfit yesterday. For those of you without little kids, Princess Anna is one of the main characters in the Disney movie, Frozen. Her sister is exiled after revealing a special power and Anna goes to find her. Anna gets very sick and is told by some rock trolls that only true love’s kiss will save her. Spoiler Alert: It isn’t prince charming who saves her but her sister.
Dressed in her little purple dress, my daughter askes me, “Do I look beautiful like Princess Anna?”
“Oh my girl, do you know what makes Princess Anna really special? She’s strong, she does the right thing even when it’s hard and she loves fiercely.”
She said, “Yeah, I’m like that too, right, mommy?”
Last week, I picked her up from school and as I always do, I asked about her day. She told me that she and her best friend played “babies” on the playground. Her friend was the baby. So, I commented, “Oh, so you were the mommy.”
“NO! I was the daddy.”
She went on to explain that she wants to be a daddy when she grows up.
She watches her daddy play football with her brothers for hours in the backyard. He helps her ride her bike and reads bedtime stories at night. He tickles her and fixes her socks and occasionally attempts to brush her wild hair. He makes her snacks and helps her get dressed in whatever creative outfit she’s chosen for the moment. He plays hide and seek and watches all of her tricks in the pool. He’s patient and explains things to her.
I don’t believe the saying, “You can’t be what you can’t see.” I think we can be WAY more than we can see. However, I do think that we need to be shown dreamers; those who imagine the world a better place and do their part to make that happen. They develop ways to connect via invisible signals over the air. They deliver speeches that change the face of a nation. They take care of a room of 20 children every day, teaching them to read and be kind. They see stories that need to be told and they share them with the world. They see sickness in the body or the heart and they work tirelessly to fix it. They love their families even when we aren’t easy to love. They are scared. They are brave. They are strong. They don’t give up.
Like Princess Anna and her daddy.
Keep dreaming, friends. They are watching.