Friday, July 16, 2010

Sad Movies Make Me Cry



So tell me, who cries at Toystory 3? Well, apparently my husband and I do. When we left the house to see this movie, I would have never guessed that we were going to come home emotionally drained and with bloodshot eyes. It's not the first time we've cried at the movies, but come on, this movie is about toys. I knew the story line before getting to the theater. Andy is going off to college. Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang realize they are being left behind, as Andy grows up and moves on. If my husband and I would have seen this movie a few years ago, it probably wouldn't have had this same effect on us. But you see, right now at this moment, our dining room table is covered with out-grown toys. As parents, we are always moving out old toys and new ones move in to take their places. Some toys have emotional attachments to them and are harder to say goodbye to. Some toys go into boxes, because we just can't part with them. I'm talking about the parents attachment, not the kid's. Well, the toys on my table are different from the rest. They are the last toys. I'm sad to say the "Lego days" of our life are over. I will never again find those tiny colored blocks hiding in my carpet, with the bottom of my foot. You would think that would be a good thing. Something else happened that same day, that didn't help. I was standing in my studio looking out the window. My neighbors were driving by in their motor home with car in tow. They were leaving on a summer long family vacation, in which at the end, they will be dropping their youngest son, Mike, at college. As they drove past, I got a tear in my eye, thinking life as they had known it was over. Back to the movie, it's just wrong to be wearing 3D glasses, eating popcorn, and crying at the same time. I was actually glad to have the glasses on. I was able to hide behind the dark lenses as the parents with younger children walked out of the theater. Their day is coming.

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