Sensitivity and Tears reign again

For Christmas one year GRANDMA BOUGHT THE KIDS “Charlotte’s web”. I wrote about my surprise at how profoundly the death of Charlotte affected Zachary.

That was over 2 years ago. Since then, Zachary has read the book on his own as well as me reading parts to him again. So when I saw that the live-action “Charlotte’s Web” (with cutie patootie Dakota Fanning) was available on netflix, I jumped on the chance for him to see all the characters he’s read about brought to life.

I really didn’t think we’d have the scene we had last night in our living room.

All of the kids were enthralled with the movie. The puppetry was awesome, the CGI of Charlotte was phenomenal. Even Elizabeth sat and watched pulled in by the interplay of Charlotte and Wilbur.

Sure enough, we reach the pivotal point of the movie where Charlotte dies. I teared up a little (hey, the movie was well done!) so I look over to see how Zachary is doing.

My heart broke for him.

He was sitting all alone in the chair with his shirt over his face, wiping the tears, his shoulders wracking with sobs. Every little bit you could hear his breath catch in his throat as he worked his way through another sob.

I called him over to me and he immediately buried his head in my chest crying. I rubbed his back, told him that Charlotte went on to a better place and that this is how life works for spiders. Yet, she was a spectacular spider who did wonderful things for her friends and that’s what she’ll be remembered for.

He quieted down, but watched the remainder of the movie wrapped in my embrace. and I was only too happy to have him there.

Needless to say, I don’t think we are ready for “Old Yeller” just yet.


Tiffany said...

Poor guy. What a sympathetic heart he has. Def not ready for Old Yeller :) I haven't seen that movie in ages...takes me back to my childhood. Maybe I'll have to add it on Netflix.

Hannah said...

Aww, what a sweet, sensitive guy! It's a good thing to have a soft heart, though.
My boys are similar when it comes to sad movies. Have you seen "The Iron Giant"? It has a great story, but it is pretty sad. Tyler sobbed EVERY time he saw it, for about the first 20 times. Only now can he watch it without crying. He also cried when he saw Bolt, and Monsters vs Aliens. And he's not even my "sensitive" child!!!

Lisa said...

oh my gosh! My heart is breaking for him!

missy said...

stopping by from SITS......i got tears in my eyes just ready this......so i probably would have been a mess also......setting on your lap!!!!!!;0)

Beth said...

Thanks for stopping by, it's nice to know I am not alone in this, even though it really feels like it sometimes.

I haven't seen Charlotte's web, but remember it being very sad, poor kid!

Anonymous said...

aww reading this got me some tears in my eyes :( so sweet guy you got! Hugs


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