Posted on: March 29th, 2014 by Brad Peterson

Last Tuesday, I was very excited, and it just wasn’t because my spring break vacation was going to start at 3:30 pm.  No, I was excited because in the mail that day was a movie I was highly anticipating was going to arrive in the mail:  “Frozen,” the massive Disney animated hit.  Even though I was leaving and would be able to watch it for a bit, I couldn’t wait to.  It is one of the best movies that I have seen in awhile, which puts me on par with many of your kids who loved it too.  I loved the visuals, the music, the humor, the story.  A great movie.

And then, Wednesday morning, I got a gift.  Amy and I decided to upgrade our flight to first class which meant a larger seat, a full, hot breakfast, and a free digital player filled with TV shows, movies, and more.  Guess what was on it?  FROZEN!  Even though I wanted to sleep since we had woken up at 2:30 am, I instead excitedly watched it and I thought it was even better than I had remembered.  What is worse, on the way back, while sitting in coach this time, a girl in front of me and across the aisle rented one of those players and was watching “Frozen” on it.  I might, repeat, MIGHT have watched it over her shoulder for awhile.

It has been a great time of movies for me.  In the past month, on TV alone, I have watched the original “Star Wars” Trilogy, “The Little Mermaid” (my favorite animated Disney movie of all time), “Cinderella,” “10 Things I Hate About You,” “Goodfella’s,” “Caddyshack,” “Animal House,”  “The Blues Brothers” (my Dad’s favorite), “Ghostbusters,” and “Casablanca.”  On Blu-Ray or DVD I’ve watched “Thor: the Dark World,” “Iron Man 3,” and “Mary Poppins,” with the second Hunger Games movie cued up to watch during cleaning on Friday.

Movies, for me, not only help me de-stress by getting lost in the story, but they also take me back in time.  I stayed up very late to watch “Blues Brothers” because it always makes me think of my Dad.  The same is true for “The Little Mermaid,” which is a story in its own right.  “Ghostbusters” makes me think of early youth, “The Star Wars” movies always make me think of my best friend Ryan and our marathon watching sessions, and “Animal House” and “Caddyshack” make me think about college years.  I remember the people and friends who I watched these movies with and the feelings that I felt the first time I watched them.

I look forward to the new memories that will be made with the newer movies that I see.  But most of all, I will appreciate the power of the movies to give me a chance to leave the stresses of the world, even for just a little bit, as they help me “Let it Go.”  Get it?  See, how I did that there?  “Frozen” rules.

Have a great day!