Published on August 11th, 2013 | by Becky Castle Miller3
(Blog) Little Women and Tissue Boxes
As Amy discusses in her Life & Fiction column Grieving Through Fiction, movies and books can be cathartic for us, giving us a healthy release for emotions we don’t completely understand.
The first time I cried at a movie was Sesame Street’s Follow That Bird. I was four years old, and my mom took me to the movie theater for a special treat. I bawled my eyes out because Big Bird’s homesickness overwhelmed me. Little did I know how telling that would be for my future…
The next time I remember really crying during a movie was the death of Beth in the 1994 Little Women. I felt odd crying for fictional characters. I hadn’t lost anyone in my family, so I wasn’t sure why I identified with this loss enough to cry over it.
Now I welcome crying over fictional characters. Sometimes I have trouble giving myself permission to cry over my real-life losses, and it’s a relief to let the tears out as expert screenwriters guide me through grief and then back out again. Recently it was the death of my favorite “squintern” on Bones and the loss of my favorite companion on Doctor Who.
The latter moment I got to share with my six-year-old daughter, Katherine. When Rose and the Doctor were separated by time and reality, she reached her hand up under her glasses to wipe her cheeks, and looked at me, truly puzzled about her tears. “It’s okay to cry about TV shows,” I told her. “I’m crying too.”
What’s a movie, book, or TV show that made you cry, and what was your reaction to your reaction?