LACHRYMOSE

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lachrymose

I’m a total sucker for animal stories. If there’s a dog, a cat, a horse, a dolphin, a whale, a goose … feathered, finned, hoofed, or scaly, I’ll choke up. It doesn’t have to be sad. It can be perfectly happy. I just have a thing for animals.

And small children.

Plus pretty much everything else. Too. Except music doesn’t make me cry. It entrances me, sweeps me away, captures my heart, and disengages my brain. If I listen to classical music while driving, it tries to kill me. But it will not produce tears. I save my over-productive tear ducts for the movies and reruns of Flipper.

I am — to put it succinctly — lachrymose.



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  1. Oh, me too! I cry or get teary at the drop of a hat. Most TV shows can inspire it in me and a lot of different commercials (I know, that’s scary!) can bring it out.

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  2. All the Benji movies used to get me, so I always watched them alone. My wife refuses to watch any Disney movie because she knows that something sad is going to happen and she will lose it, and then punch me in the arm and say “SEE!!!”

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  3. Good Grief, a room full of cry babies. Just teasing you. This is my first time seeing your site on a full screen, what a beautiful place you have Marilyn.

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  4. Uh oh! I hope this doesn’t extend to cartoon animals! I hate to make people cry!

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  5. My husband can’t even listen to the beginning strains of the theme music to Lassie; it almost traumatizes him. He is SO sensitive to animal suffering. It’s an unspoken rule at our house; we watch no animal stories. Even if they have happy endings, there is everything in between…. :o) (needless to say, our dog is very well cared for) Your comments about classical music were interesting–I am the same way. I can only listen to classical music at home (or of course at a concert if I get the chance) because it takes over my brain, transporting me elsewhere. So when I drive, I like to be in the present….so I prefer jazzy, peppy, mindless music for car listening.

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  6. I have a big problem with animals in film or book, so I avoid them. I like happy ends, the more the better.

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    • I guess it isn’t just us. I avoid movies about animals because I’m sure they’re going to have something that will make me unhappy. Garry really will leave the room if he thinks any animal is going to be harmed. And we LOVE happy endings around here. Reality is sad. I want escapism and happiness. All the time.

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  7. The old movies usually do it for me. They are like old friends frequently revisited. The most recent, “I’ll Be Seeing You” (1944) with Joseph Cotten and Ginger Rogers. A happy ending with theme music up full made it very misty.

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