Harper asked me an existential question the other day. She didn't realize it, of course.
We were driving along, listening to the soundtrack of this little indie film called "Frozen" - have you heard of it? We were listening to the showstopper (and my personal favorite) Let It Go and Harper asked:
Mama, why does Elsa throw her crown away?
If you haven't seen the movie, (and I really assume most of you haven't) the quick recap is: Elsa is born with magical powers to create ice and snow. She accidentally hurt her younger sister Anna when they were little and has spent rest of her childhood hiding her powers (and her feelings, which express themselves with her powers) out of fear of hurting anyone again. Their parents die in a shipwreck (Disney movie!) and Elsa becomes queen. She accidentally reveals her powers in front of the whole kingdom (essentially) and runs away so that she never hurts anyone again and then she embraces her power. As she runs, she sings Let It Go and transforms into the image you've seen of her, sans crown.
So, while listening in the car, Harper is clearly watching the scene in her mind and asks the question. Why does she throw her crown away?
I was excited by this great question, the topic of power, and authority and symbols! My mind raced with all the potential answers:
The crown represents a life she doesn't want, authority she doesn't feel is rightly hers.
The crown is a symbol of restriction and she's letting that all go.
The crown is a reminder that her parents are dead and she's had to pretend not to feel anything about it since they died.
The crown represents masculine power and she'll be queen any way she wants with whatever symbols she chooses. (Giant ice palace, anyone?)
The crown is about small earthly human power and she is a goddess, filled with infinite power to create the world as she desires. This puny piece of metal can't represent all that she is!
All these variables raced through my mind in about two seconds. Then I remembered: Harper is three and a half. Hmmm.
Mama, why did Elsa throw her crown away?
Me: Because she didn't want it anymore.
Sigh. I just have to be patient. There will come a day when we can discuss the real reasons Elsa tossed that thing, but for now, I'll stick with mostly literal ones.