Day 164: Frozen II

On Thanksgiving Day we went to the movies. We started going last year and it seemed like a nice tradition to keep up this year, as we once again found ourselves in Arkansas for the holiday.

Frozen II had come out the week before. I hadn’t really planned to see it. I mean, yes, I had seen the first one, but my kids are getting older and I could easily wait for it to come out on DVD or even Disney+. No hurry.

Until the day it opened, that is. Because on that day, it seemed like everyone I know went to see it. Then half of them messaged me to tell me I had to go see it.

Spoiler alert, if you’re like one of the twelve Americans who haven’t yet seen this movie.

So, 45 minutes or so into the movie one of the characters tells another to “Do the next right thing.” That seemed to really get everyone in the feels. Big time.

Half an hour later, when she is at her darkest moment, Anna sings this:

I’ve seen dark before
But not like this
This is cold
This is empty
This is numb
The life I knew is over
The lights are out
Hello, darkness
I’m ready to succumb

Do the Next Right Thing, Frozen II

Yeah, I know. It’s like it was written for us. But there’s more.

But you’ve gone to a place I cannot find

This grief has a gravity

It pulls me down

But a tiny voice whispers in my mind

“You are lost, hope is gone

But you must go on

And do the next right thing”


It was a good thing we’d been warned. I brought Kleenex for all of us.

So I’ll walk through this night

Stumbling blindly toward the light

And do the next right thing

And with the dawn, what comes then

When it’s clear that everything will never be the same again?

Then I’ll make the choice

To hear that voice

And do the next right thing

And that, my friends, is the song that has been running through my head for the past two weeks. The one that reminds me to keep getting up and taking the next step, even though I know nothing will ever be the same.

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