Things That Make Me Cry

A recent post on Kenneth's blog--as well as all the crying The Gridge did at his recent wedding--got me thinking about things that make me cry. Here are some things, in no particular order:
  • The episode of The Simpsons where Homer explains why there are no pictures of Maggie in their house. I get teary just thinking about it.
  • The episode of The Simpsons where Dustin Hoffman plays an inspiring substitute teacher for Lisa.
  • When Earl walked right through that restraining order and put her in intensive care, in "Goodbye Earl."
  • The moment in Garden State when Zach Braff is standing in the rain and he tilts his head back into the rain and shakes his head, hard.
Okay, I'm realizing that these are all things from the media, from pop culture. This is something that happens in Garden State: when Largeman wants to cry at his mother’s funeral, he thinks of the saddest things he can—and they’re all media images. Actually being at his mother’s funeral isn’t the saddest thing he can think of. His life is almost entirely mediated by pop culture images. I don't think this is entirely true for me--I cried a hell of a lot when Franny died, and I cry every time I leave Cookeville, and every time Walter leaves for Massachusetts--but it's making me think.


Cate Bush said...

Yo baby! I can't wait to catch up and hear about all the crying at Gridge's wedding. My informants (Sheila and Sarah) raved about your parent's house, the reception food, and Sarah in particular couldn't stop talking about how great the music was :).

And I have to know why there are no pictures of Maggie in the Simpson House. I'm so not hip in regards to Simpson trivia ;).

Reading your entry about crying, kind of made me long for a good cry. There's nothing like that great sense of relief or release that comes from crying.


Cate Bush said...

p.s. I need to see pictures of the wedding! Gonna post?

Paige said...

I just wasted an hour of work time catching up with all of your blogs, but I have to say it was well worth it. I love the new house and of course all the history lessons.

The wedding was awesome and I was especially blown away by the new and improved kitchen and backyard. It might have been all the Tetris games that blurred my vision, but I don't remember the backyard! Looks like the Hamilton deck has some friendly competition.

It was great seeing the whole family! Congrats again to Aaron and Mary!

See you soon!