Confession of a Cry Baby


Every Tuesday night my wife watches a show called “This Is Us” and like everybody else I know that watches it, every Tuesday night she cries.  I get home from work about half way through, change my clothes, pour a drink, and spend the next thirty minutes or so catching up on e-mails, Facebook, and any comments that have been left on the blog.

What I don’t ever do is make fun of her. Part of the reason for this is self-preservation of course. I know that to intentionally antagonize her while she is emotional is to risk that emotion quickly turning to wrath directed my way. The other part is that I’m not someone who should be slinging that particular stone, something that she would have no hesitance reminding me.

I’d like to blame it on fatherhood but the truth is that it never really took a whole lot to get these eyes leaking.  Books, movies, songs, and television shows, I’ve cried to them all.  Bonnie Raitt singing “I Can’t Make You Love Me”, Johnny’s final moments in The Outsiders, Illyana Rasputin’s death in Uncanny X Men 303.  It doesn’t matter how many years pass or how many times I experience these moments, the result is the same.


actual picture of me watching TV


What fatherhood has done is to add exponentially to the number of times that I embarrass myself.  Any country song with a guy singing about his daughter and I’m done.  Instead of waiting for Forrest Gump to bury Jenny to need a tissue, I’m grabbing the box the first time he meets Little Forrest. My wife and I recently started watching the first season of The Missing on Starz and I honestly don’t know what the hell I was thinking. Our DVR is full of pirates, vikings and witches that need catching up on with much less emotional distress involved.



If you haven’t seen the movie Intersteller yet but think that you might, it wouldn’t be a terrible idea to stop reading now. You also should go watch it, because it’s a fantastic movie.  I finally got around to seeing it this week and can’t believe I waited that long.

I’m also glad that when I did watch it, I was by myself. If you are still here than you know that it’s also an incredibly long movie, the first act used to establish the relationship between Matthew McConaughey’s character and his children, especially with his young daughter.  His leaving of these children in an attempt to save humanity and his goal of returning to them are what makes the movie a great one instead of just a somewhat clever space movie with a pointless Matt Damon cameo and a really weird ending.

It’s a movie about a parent, sacrificing for his children and it had me blubbering multiple times. I won’t give too much more away in case there are  some that stuck with me past the spoiler warning, but I’ll leave you with these lines, delivered as he tried to console his daughter before leaving:

Now we are just here to be memories for our kids…once you are a parent you’re the ghost of your children’s future.”



38 thoughts on “Confession of a Cry Baby”

  1. Yes I’m a secret blubber at movies too. Lord knows how many times I’ve see Highlander but once “Who wants to live forever” starts and theno Heather says “Will you light a candle for me on my birthday?”
    “Aye Blossom I will”

    I’m bubbling like a stood up teenager on promotion night.

  2. It’s refreshing to have a man admit he cries. I’ve been known to cry at Hallmark commercials, but haven’t seen a tear jerker recently. I’ll have to check out Intersteller.

  3. I love a good blub at a film. I remember watching The Fault In Our Stars on my own one evening. I was a mess. I cried my entire face of make up off. Such a good film.
    But that last quote in your post? Wow. Makes you think. #AnythingGoes

  4. I cried. Thank you for that last sentence. I cried. I don’t think crying because of TV/movies/books/films or even beautiful/sad moments IRL is ever anything to be ashamed of, or to mock. My husband and I both cry at the smallest things sometimes, and we’re also quick to laugh at little moments too. My late father (cries some more ) was the same. I remember watching many a film with him where we would both be snotty, blubbering messes at the end. Tears, like laughter should be celebrated. #Anythinggoes

  5. Love this blog even more now as Interstellar is one of my fave films. I cry a lot too and it’s the soundtrack too. Brilliant film. My hubby got all choked watching Californication not long after our first was born !! A daddy-daughter moment. Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst xx

  6. I used to have a heart of stone…then I had my son and now I cry at most things, it’s a given if it involves kids. I cried when my school won a competition I’d took them to on Wednesday, I cried to Ed Sheeran’s Supermarket Flowers in the car today and I get a dumb in my throat at various other points. I hate the new emotional side of me! #KCACOLS

  7. There is nothing wrong at all with having a good cry at a film – it’s good for the soul and essentially proves that we are human beings with feelings. That’s what I think anyway.

    A great post as always and thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes

    Janet 🙂

  8. Now I want to watch Interstellar! I’m an awful crier but it’s gotten so much worse since becoming a parent. Anything remotely emotional sets me off these days!! #kcacols

  9. I cry, at plenty, and the hubby sometimes teases me, and then I put “Click” on and he stops, immediately. I think it happens to us all as we build families, and find more sentimentality in everything we come across. #KCACOLS

    1. I don’t remember that one, other than it had Adam Sandler. He’s not usually in much that pulls my heartstrings!

  10. I’m not gonna lie…this post almost made me cry. LOL. But I’m fully blaming my hormones. Or maybe it was just something in my eye? I think crying is therapeutic. (And it sort of doubles as fillers around my eyes. Seriously, I look 5 years younger after I cry.) I can’t even listen to country music because it always induces tears. I so get you on this.

    Glad you decided to #ShowMeYours this week. 🙂

  11. I haven’t watched This is Us yet, but I am pretty sure I will cry. I too cried at Interstellar. Dang! I even cry at sappy songs on the radio. I am such a cry baby….

  12. I come from a family of blubberers! Little House on the Prairie and The Waltons are my earliest memories of family blubbering whilst watching TV. Having children has made me even worse though! Interstellar is on the shelf waiting to be watched here, so I best make sure I have tissues on hand for it!

    Thanks for linking with #KCACOLS. Do join again next Sunday.x

  13. I cry at a lot of shows, movies, songs, books, etc, but since having kids I feel like the tears have quadrupled. Like you, anything that involves parents and kids gets the waterworks going. Sounds like I should go check out Interstellar – with a box of tissues in hand!

    1. It may have been worse for me, it was a father having to leave his daughter, which really hit me in the feels. Might not hurt to be prepared though

  14. My OH just doesnt cry that I see….but my boys, oh yeah they can blub. If we do a movie afternoon and its one with an emotional sting in the tail then they hide under quilts and let the tears roll. It makes me love them even more, sniff!

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