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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Guess I won't be showing her "Where the Red Fern Grows" anytime soon

Chloe is my ultra sensitive child. You really have to be careful about correcting her or disciplining her in any way because her feelings get so incredibly hurt. She's been this way from day one and sometimes it just absolutely melts my heart, other times I don't think it's so cute. Like when she dissolves into a pile of emotion because I gave her the "big eyes" that alert my chldren they'd better quit whatever it is they're doing or else.

One of the ways her sensitivity manifests itself is during movies. She cries. She's only 4 and she really cries when the movie is sad or upsetting in any way. When she was 2 years old she cried and cried the first time she watched "Monsters, Inc." and Sully had to put Boo back in her room. She watched it so much, she started to get used to it, and she knew that they'd see each other again, so the tears stopped flowing, but that was the first time I noticed her being so affected by movies.

A few months ago she was watching "Fantasia, 2000" on the couch while I did dishes (it seems like that's all I'm ever doing), and I looked up and noticed that she was sitting there with tears just rolling down her adorable little face. It was during the whale part, where the baby whale loses its parents for a while. I went and sat down next to her, gave her a hug and asked her what was the matter. She said, "I'm just crying because the whale lost her mommy and daddy and it made me think about you and how I don't ever want to lose you." Now does that just melt your heart or what?

And then the other day while I was getting packed up to go on our little trip up north, I switched on the TV and saw that "West Side Story" was playing on PBS. I called the girls in to watch it with me while I packed the suitcases because I knew they would love it. And they did. They were both totally enthralled with it.

Sometime before the end of the movie, the phone rang, and I left the room to talk, and then started taking care of a few things in there. Unfortunately, the movie ended while I was NOT in the room and the girls came out wanting to talk about it. Bria was up in arms: "Why did he kill him! That's not a good reason to kill somebody! They could've just talked about it!!"

Chloe, though, was devastated. Tears were streaming down her cheeks and all she said was, "that really made me feel sad."

Poor Chloe. She's destined to be like me, who cries at the end of pretty much every movie. At least I haven't noticed her crying at the end of "The Little Mermaid," because I never lived that one down.


  1. My 2 oldest (5 and 7) are the same way! I find them, actually often, sobbing or sniffling (depends on how sad the show was) at ALL tender parts of any film! It's quite sweet. I choke up, too, to see this, but am so happy to see tender (and sensitive) children!!

  2. I guess we all struggle with that don't we??? Those girls feel so deeply. That is why we are girls.
    I love you all!

  3. Beaches, show her beaches. :)

  4. Awww...there's nothing wrong with that though I guess you really do need to be careful what you show her! Sweet!

  5. Poor's tough being a girl...ALL THE TIME!

  6. Tender little thing! I think that having such deep feelings is a good thing for little ones. They learn early that life isn't fair and have grown-ups around to lead them through the hard times. Enjoy the sensitive moments - and breathe through the ones that make you want to beat her! :O)

  7. Oh, I tear up at movies, TV shows and even commercials; quite embarrassing sometimes...

    Sounds like she's just like mom. Which is a good thing.

  8. Oh yeah, no red fern for her!!!!!!! I read that to DS when he was in kindergarten and he was absolutely SOBBING at the end, and he's not at all sensitive!

  9. My son (11)is entirely the same way.... He watched OLD YELLA.. you would have thought the world was coming to an end...
    Fox and the hound.. OH GOOD GRAVY ... tissues galore!!!!