Yes, I cried
Ok today we went to go see Nanny McPhee Returns. You wouldn’t think it is a cry movie. Well I was in tears about 3 different times.
I won’t ruin the movie but those family moments made me cry. I kept the tears a secret but I couldn’t help but wonder if any other mom’s in the theater were crying. I hope so…otherwise I am a little crazy, but we knew that.
The movie was cute and had its share of giggles. MB and I enjoyed our little mid-day movie, but there was one exchange which struck me hard. It also made me realize how grown-up kids can be now-a-days.
Now if you don’t want to hear about any part of the movie don’t read on. 🙂 hehe I just thought I should warn and not be one of those ruin a movie people, even if it is Nanny McPhee.
The father has gone off to war in the movie. Somewhere in the movie a telegram is sent and it isn’t good news. (Yes this is a part where I teared up).
Maddie watches the scene unfold, then turns to me and with a very serious face and said, “Uncle B hasn’t died has he?”. It was a quick exchange when I told her no he was just fine…but as she went back to the movie I was struck by the exchange.
Inside MB’s head:
1) Man in military
2) Family gets message that father is dead
3) MB thinks about her Uncle B in the Army
4) Realizes that military (and maybe cause she hasn’t seen him in a while) can mean death
5) Wants to confirm that Uncle B is alive and not dead
She is 5 years old. Yet what a mature thought process.
Anyone who has a loved one in the military has had that thought.
Fortunately for now Uncle B is not abroad so we sleep a little better, but we know at anytime that could change.
I also am thankful for all the men and women that are there and the families that have to deal with the unknown.
During that brief exchange with MB it made me think about any kids watching the movie who had a parent in the military that was away at the moment, would they have the same thought? Would the thought process be the same? Would it bring up a new worry in their mind that they hadn’t had before?
Either way it was a sad moment for me to realize my 5-year-old had a momentary concern that her uncle could be dead since he was in the Army.
It is impossible to shelter them, but it can’t make me not want to.