Wednesday, February 18, 2009

New Thing #7

Why oh why is it necessary to become an emotional mess after becoming a parent? Do the nurses hang a bag of Crybaby Serum to the IV while you're asleep in the hospital bed? Ever since welcoming my punk into the world, I have been unable to control myself whenever I hear any stories about people who may be sad or sick. Besides being a complete mess over actual heartbreaking events that some friends have had to endure lately, my poor maternal heart can't even handle it when I watch Extreme Makeover Home Edition. And when my baby was a week old, I happened to see a man with a disability trying to hustle across an intersection in the snow, and I started crying right there in the passenger seat of my car as we drove by. Before giving birth, I would have felt for the guy, but the tears would have stayed where they belong. In my eye balls. At least, I think that's where tears are stored... right?

So, for my new thing this week, I cried while taking a tour of the Make A Wish Foundation.


No, your eyes are not deceiving you. This psychedelic, purple room is magic! It is called the Wishing Room and it is at the top of the Wishing Tower in the Make A Wish building. As you can see, my little buddy was enthralled with our private tour. 

He's a tough little guy; he didn't even cry when we read a book about what it's like to have Cancer, illustrated by a 5 year-old Cancer patient and written by his mother. And I even managed to hold the tears back until, at the end of the book, my friend and tour guide informed me that the little boy died a few months later.

Can someone get me a tissue?

7 comments:

Megan said...

Right after Jonah was born I was watching the news and a story came on of some atrocious thing a father had done to a 3 year old-the same age that Venna was. I cried SO HARD for probably over an hour.

I tear up whenever I hear anything remotely sad concerning children.

ethel said...

I've never even had a baby, and I can't watch Biggest Loser or American Idol without crying.
I'm just a crybaby. (:

Jill Johnson said...

It is so normal. I got it worse with every baby. It was so bad with Gracie I got on some meds, and they helped a ton. The best is when you can't even explain why you are sobing. Mine was always a milestone. She smiled or like you said turned a week. It was bad. It gets better.

Brit said...

dude I'm choked up just reading about you getting choked up. It's the other side to the "Mama Bear" syndrome...your heart is more affected whether it's your kid or someone else's!

DIANE said...

Welcome to motherhood. It doesn't get any better so you will have to adjust. There are some things you just have to learn first hand!

Tara said...

I am exactly the same way with Extreme Home Makeover. I tear up every time. My 20 month old thinks its pretty funny.

Agent Pepper said...

You've always been a crybaby. : )

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