My (Imaginary) Episode of Crybabies

Have you guys ever listened to the podcast Crybabies? It’s hosted by Susan Orlean and Sarah Thyre, and it is amazing. It’s just…famous people talking about what makes them cry! And if you’re an emotion junkie like me, you’ll love it. I haven’t listened to it in a looong time, because now that I have a baby I’ve become an EVEN MORE EMOTIONAL person and I don’t need any help crying. Typically people talk about songs, movies, music, or other media that makes them cry…but also once Moby talked about how he saw someone eating an egg sandwich on the train. It’s a nice mix of stuff, is what I’m saying.

Anyway, I’ve given a good amount of thought to what I would talk about on my own imaginary episode of Crybabies. A lot of things make me cry, so it was hard to narrow it down, but here goes:

-The episode of Playing House where Maggie gives birth (“Let’s Have a Baby”)
I always love a birth episode, just like I always love a wedding episode. But wedding episodes don’t usually make me cry, while baby episodes have me sobbing like…well, a baby. I already love the dynamic of Playing House, and the birth episode does such a great job of bringing everyone together. Emma is there being confused for Maggie’s wife, Maggie’s ex is there being extremely unhelpful, her sweetly strange brother is there to assist as her doula, and that alone is already making me emotional. But then Maggie starts to feel like she can’t do it, and Emma gives her a VERY touching pep talk about Maggie’s wedding and Maggie’s deceased mother and that’s all I’m gonna say about it. You need to watch it. I’m tearing up typing this.

-The movie The Spectacular Now
Not the book, which is extremely well-written but extremely depressing and kinda hopeless. There’s this scene between Sutter and his mom near the end that just made me LOSE IT. After we left the theatre, Hollis and I went to Target and I wandered up and down the aisles crying to the point that he was worried about me. Sorry, it was an emotional movie!

-“The Best Day” by Taylor Swift
I actually can’t listen to this song without crying, and I’ve listened to it A LOT. It’s all about her mom and her childhood and the part that really gets to me is when she sings “I grew up in a pretty house/and I had space to run” and oh noooo help I’m getting emotional right now! It’s just…I don’t know, it’s nice to see her acknowledge that she had such a great life and parents and brother and ugh I can’t even talk about it.

-The last story in Tenth of December by George Saunders
I mean, hello, have you read it?

-The entirety of You’ve Got Mail
Last time I watched it, I burst into tears as soon as The Cardigans started playing. KATHLEEN WAS JUST WALKING WITH SUCH PURPOSE. Other parts that make me cry: when she’s decorating her shop at Christmas and talking about her mom, and when Tom Hanks says “Don’t cry, shopgirl,” and he should probably just say “Don’t cry, Kerry,” because I AM SOBBING. EVERY. TIME.

There are for sure more that I’m not thinking of right now, but those are my most visceral crybaby moments. What are yours? I’d love to hear them! Also, yes, I haven’t blogged in awhile but I’m deep in Book 2 revisions right now and for some reason whenever I have a ton to do, I always want to update my blog. Shrug emoticon, you know?

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