By Diane Ako
My company does this awesome thing every year in which it hosts a Christmas party just for the employees' children. When I first started, we rented out the entire Ice Palace for the evening.
For the last two years, we rented out a theater and gave movie tickets, snacks, and goodie bags to the kids. We get to see a new kids' movie before it opens to the public. It's such a good company, but that's besides the point here.
This year, the movie was Frozen. A fearful queen with powers to create ice has created an eternal winter in her town. Her sister needs to help the queen melt the snow and control her powers; as with most of these movies, the message is: love conquers all.
We were allowed to bring a friend, so we invited long-time friend Amanda. Note: age six is a great time to see movies. They are finally quiet for the entire 90 minutes, and have the patience to pay attention for the whole time, too.
We really liked it. After the show, I started a conversation with them about it. "What was the movie trying to teach us?" I asked.
"I didn't think it was trying to teach us anything," said Olivia.
"If you're afraid you might be alone?" guessed Amanda.
"Yes," I coached. "Then how did the princess help the queen melt the snow?" I continued.
"She hugged her," said one kid.
"She loved her," said the other kid.
"Good girls!" I exclaimed. "So do you think the lesson is that love conquers all?" I summarized.
"Yes! Love makes you fly!" answered Olivia.
"Yes! Love lets you do magic!" added Amanda.
Why... yes it does! It does all that and more, I thought, as I looked around the table at the people I love.
May your Christmas be full of the magical powers of love.