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Reasons I cry

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A husband wrote a list of reasons his wife cries – and I can relate to this list more than I care to admit!

I never used to be a teary person. I might get a little lump in my throat watching a particularly touching movie, but I never used to cry much – unless something was really actually wrong – and definitely NOT ever “It’s so beautiful” crying. Nope. Not me.

Until I became a mum.

Now I’ll cry at everything. Anything that says “Grab your tissues” – they’re talking to me. I will be that person who needs the tissues. Heck even a picture of a particularly cute puppy or baby can set me off.

The other day at my son’s Christmas concert I got teary just because love. Just love. So much love that it leaked out of my eyes.

I nearly cried coming out of a parent teacher interview one time because the teacher said he’s happy, fairly well behaved and perfectly average. *sob*

I’ve lost it more than once watching the intro to Dinosaur Train. Yes. Dinosaur Train. Because a baby T-Rex hatches in a Pteranodon nest and it’s like “He didn’t look anything like the rest.” and he asks “What am I doing in a Pteranodon nest?” and the Mumma says “Well, this is your family and I’m your Mum.”

OH MY GOD IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL! THAT’S HOW SIMPLE LOVE IS!!!!

 

(I have a lump in my throat right now I’m not even joking. It get’s me every freaking time.)

Part of it I’m sure is living in a constant state of sleep deprivation means I am an emotional hair-trigger, but it’s also as a Mum I do just feel things more deeply and personally than I used to.

One time the TV was on in the background and there was the briefest news report about a 44 year old man dying in a car accident – then on to the sport or weather – and my heart broke. I was suddenly crying because I imagined somewhere a mother grieving the loss of her adult child.

Sorry that got a little bit morbid all of a sudden, I planned for this to be a more light hearted making fun of myself for crying all the time.

But sometimes it is pain and fear and longing.

In the lead up to Christmas in 2010 I was shopping and the song “All I want for Christmas is you” and we’d been hoping to get pregnant for the previous 18 months. I’d imagined we’d have had a baby by then – seeing as getting pregnant the first time was a little TOO easy (if-ya-catch-my-meaning) we’d imagined it would happen fairly quickly and there I was, not pregnant, and wanting it more than anything I’d ever wanted… and the words “All I want for Christmas is you.” broke me. I had to get out into the street quickly – partly to get away from that song, partly because I was embarrassed by my sudden tears.

Then in 2014, when I was watching my little girl dancing to that song and that memory hit me and I picked up her and cried because she was the baby I wanted so badly and she’s here – I have her now. I was still even crying from the pain of wanting her and the joy of having her now, and knowing that somehow she was always the baby I was meant to have… Gawd. Tears.

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I’ve also cried for much much MUCH less touching reasons. I’ve cried because I’m hungry and too tired to decide what to eat. I’ve cried because my partner washed brand new white sheets with something red. I’ve cried because there was supposed to be chocolate and someone ate it all. I cried hysterically – for days – when my son accidentally knocked the external hard drive containing thousands of baby photos off the computer desk and broke it. (We did actually manage to recover the photos! Thank goodness! But I’m not entirely sure it was a fall-to-my-knees-and-weep kind of situation)

I just cry. Sometimes for no reason at all.

So, do you cry at the drop of a hat? What unusual things have made you cry?

About Rachel Stewart

Rachel is the founder of Parenting Central Australia. She is raising two children, boy and girl, with her partner.She has a background in early childhood education, but right now is content to be a stay at home mum.She is passionate about birthing rights, breastfeeding and mental health. She enjoys crafting, drinking coffee (sometimes wine) and spending a little too much time on Facebook.

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19 comments

  1. Merindah Differ

    Folded all the laundry and placed the neat piles on the couch, went to put hand towels in a drawer in the bathroom, returned to find everything scattered on the floor covered in water.

  2. Sarah Cobb-Clark

    I cry at the drop of a hat. For example, I always cry during the final song of Les Miserables. Not because it’s sad (though it is), but because the final note is so awesome and intense. I also burst into tears when someone scared me in the elavator (the elevator at my residential college has this removable panel at the back, and a guy decided to hide behind the panel and leap out at people in the elavator)

  3. I’ve always been a big sook – and always so emotional over every little thing! The one that used to get me all the time was a tissue ad?? It didn’t matter how many times I had seen it – I still cried. Movies are the same- WTF? How can I cry at the same time in a movie when I have seen it about 6 times already?? (Think Beaches) Anyhow…its just me & part of who I am – don’t ever feel embarrassed because you are crying -I think it s beautiful xx oh except for the really bad crying like snot dripping out of your nose!

  4. I’ve always been a big sook – and always so emotional over every little thing! The one that used to get me all the time was a tissue ad?? It didn’t matter how many times I had seen it – I still cried. Movies are the same- WTF? How can I cry at the same time in a movie when I have seen it about 6 times already?? (Think Beaches) Anyhow…its just me & part of who I am – don’t ever feel embarrassed because you are crying -I think it s beautiful xx oh except for the really bad crying like snot dripping out of your nose!

  5. I think I cry in every TV show I watch. Have done for ages. Plus over random shit like having no bread or forgetting to pick up a parcel- but only when utterly exhausted!

  6. I think I cry in every TV show I watch. Have done for ages. Plus over random shit like having no bread or forgetting to pick up a parcel- but only when utterly exhausted!

  7. I kid you not but just yesterday I was crying through all I want for Christmas is you whilst watching my children spill their breakfast!! I once cried in a McDonald’s ad tho so I’m kinda notorious for crying at stupid shit! It’s been taken up a notch since being a mum tho!

  8. I kid you not but just yesterday I was crying through all I want for Christmas is you whilst watching my children spill their breakfast!! I once cried in a McDonald’s ad tho so I’m kinda notorious for crying at stupid shit! It’s been taken up a notch since being a mum tho!

  9. Yup, I practically start crying AT the “grab your tissues” warning!

    • Aw. I have had a weird little lump in my throat from “grab the tissues”. Like I’m getting ready for it. Or sometimes just the title gets me. Recently it was just like : “This little girls parents have both been deployed overseas… see what happens next…” *tears*

  10. Yup, I practically start crying AT the “grab your tissues” warning!

  11. Aw. I have had a weird little lump in my throat from “grab the tissues”. Like I’m getting ready for it. Or sometimes just the title gets me. Recently it was just like : “This little girls parents have both been deployed overseas… see what happens next…” *tears*

  12. I don’t get snotty-crying thank goodness! (unless it’s REALLY serious lol)

  13. Awww love it and YES!!!!!!! I have cried over ridiculous things; my latest was listening to (ahem) a Dixie Chicks song whilst driving and I cried my heart out! Had to fake laughter not to alarm the kids in the back…who am I?

  14. Awww love it and YES!!!!!!! I have cried over ridiculous things; my latest was listening to (ahem) a Dixie Chicks song whilst driving and I cried my heart out! Had to fake laughter not to alarm the kids in the back…who am I?

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