Wednesday, October 17, 2007

I'm Such A Puss

I know it is hard to believe a tough looking guy like the Malathionman cries when he reads or watches movies, but it is true. I have long history of it.

I remember when I was in 6th grade. Someone thought it would be a good idea to show us kids Brian’s Song. It was a pathetic sight, 30 kids trying not to cry, and teachers too.

It is easy to pull the Old Yeller card when it comes to crying, but how about Lonesome Dove. It could make you cry almost every episode. Augustus McCrae and Woodrow Call are two cowboys that have a more traditional relationship than Larry McMurtry’s cowboy lovers in Brokeback Mountain. It seems ironic that he wrote both stories.

This is what inspired this little post.

My daughter Alissa is required to read every night. One of her favorite books is
Love You Forever. We usually have to read it to her at least once a week. I have a hard time doing it. I can’t read it without getting all misty-eyed. If I were by myself I would just flat out cry. It’s a sneaky little book. You pick it up thinking it’s a harmless children’s book, then wham, you are reaching for the Kleenex. If you have read the book, click on the link I have provided and read about why Robert Munsch wrote it, you would probably cry some more.


Elizabeth said...

My mom bought that book for me...right after I had Emily. Talk about bawling your eyes out! Jim told me that the first time he read it to her he couldn't make it through the book.
Books like that need to come with a warning label.
More recently Jim picked up Mars Needs Moms! by Berkeley Breathed because it produced the very same effect for him while standing in the middle of Barnes and Noble.

Heidi said...

I don't have kids, and I had a similar problem. The history behind it shows a whole different side of things I didn't consider.