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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Blinded By Tears

So... I spent yesterday completely crying my eyes out. And no, y'all don't need to worry about anything. The husband and I finally got around to watching the movie The Blind Side. (And then I watched it a second time in less than 24 hours. Shh...) Am I the only one that just sobbed through the entire movie?

I wish I could say it was a pretty cry, but I must confess that it was the ugly cry, y'all... you know the one I'm talking about: the snot-dripping, red-eyed, crumpled-face, gonna-break-down-completely-at-any-second ugly cry.

I love that Michael was like Ferdinand. I love that Leigh Anne was a take-no-prisoners kind of Christian momma. I love that several of the teachers bent over backwards to help a student who previously slipped through the cracks. I love that SJ taught Michael the importance of a smile. I love that Leigh Anne reached out to hold the hand of Michael's mom. I love how she told those snooty lunching ladies that Mike was changing her.

And I love that Michael taught the Tuohys how to be a better family.

If you've seen the movie, what did you love most about it? And if you haven't seen it, be sure to grab a box of tissues, then go watch it. Because this might seriously be my new favorite movie.

Just so you know.

33 comments:

Raina said...

Me too! Watched last night. Tired this morning. Do you ever sleep?

Love Letters To China said...

I just watched it on Monday night. It was one of the bet movies EVER! I didn't cry as much as you, but every single part you liked I felt the same. Ferdinand... oh how I love that book! Lunch with snooty ladies... I could only hope if I was in a similar situation (never will be, no snooty friends), I could find the same words to express my feelings.

Yes... do you sleep? I'd like to know your magical potion that keeps you going, and going, and going.

Have a great day!

Aus said...

I dunno - not much of a movie person....but I bet there's a book? Hey - ya'll must have needed the cry anyway!

hugs - aus and co.

Georgia Peach said...

Big Apple's reply: WOMAN!! QUIT IT!! I had to go out and buy resurrection eggs the other day and now Blind Side! (grin)

Georgia Peach's reply: TM, thanks for posting about Resurrection eggs. We bought them the other day and Papple soooooo enjoyed the story. $14 for a GREAT storytelling tool of the Passion of Christ....seems reasonable to me. I'll go pick up the Blind Side today. I'm excited to see it. And since I'm allergic to the spring I already have my tissues handy. ;)

Tonggu Grammy said...

Think about me. I watched it with the Colonel and had to try to hide my crying or risk ridicule.

The best part was when his "sister" joined him at the table at school to study. How many teens today would brave the stares of their peers? Amazing!

And Aus, you NEED to watch the movie. It really is good!

bbmomof2boys said...

Well, I'm gonna have to go get it...

Hugs,
Carla

Buckeroomama said...

You and PW both vouched for this movie... must be really good! :)

That kind of crying you described? I had that when I watched "The Joy Luck Club." :)

redmaryjanes said...

I watched it with my friend Steffie who is an adoptive Mom herself. I think the movie is an inspiration to anyone who sees it. But when you have adopted and you have been asked the same questions and have heard the same comments made..it touches you in a deeper way. When you know the joy and you have experienced the changes in your own life, I think you see the beauty of it all in brighter colors than the average person. I cried and was very moved. Leigh Anne is beyond an amazing woman.

TK said...

I love that movie and bought it last week. Our town is very big on football, so we doubly love it for the football aspect. Just an all around good movie with good values. We should all step outside our boundaries to help others! Glad y'all like it!

Kristi said...

Um yeah, I had the same reaction when I watched it. Only my tears were shed in a much less private setting. I was on the flight home from Shanghai with my three children sleeping between Ian and I in the center section of a 747. He and I both kept looking across the babies with tears streaming. I'm sure others around us engrossed in other movies thought we were nuts. And I watched it three times in a row.
If the whole world would watch and just 10% be changed...

Chantelle said...

Haven't seen it yet, but we've adopted 2 teens so I've got a feelin' it's gonna leave me with a stuffy nose for sure. ;)

Jean said...

I haven't seen it but I am planning too! I'll be sure to grab a box of tissues when I do!! I have heard good things about it!!

Rachel@just another day in paradise said...

I love all those things you mentioned, but I also LOVE the fact that they had the real SEC coaches on there. Of course, the entire theatre booed when Houston Nutt came on the screen (He used to be in AR but left, so now he's a traitor. . .). Good times. : ) Seriously, it's an AWESOME movie!!

Janet said...

Yeah, I loved it too. We just watched it last week for the first time. It is AMAZING.

I loved how no-nonsense the mom was...how she loved so deeply but was all "tough guy" about it, even though everyone could see through her.

I loved how their family bonded.

I loved how Michael said, "that's where my family goes" at the end. Sigh. That one had me crying.

LOVED this movie.

jeanette said...

oh I totally know about the ugly cry and that movie!

I saw it by myself on an overnight (for work)...and CRIED so hard.

I don't think there is any one thing I can point to that I loved (cuz I love the whole thing!)...other than this family took a chance to love and accept a young man...to love like Christ would.

Andrea said...

It's out on DVD!!! This was the last movie I saw in the theaters. I don't buy any movie (except kids movies) but I'm buying this one. I'm so glad this movie was honored in the awards season showing our culture that a movie about real people loving as Christ loved can be inspiring and entertaining and change us all.

Desiree' said...

I loved everything about this movie. We watched it with the older kids, they loved it to. Even DH was crying, dontcha just love a sensitive man?!?!

M3 said...

Loved it all, and yes I cried (damnit). Husband didn't even sniffle.

Annie said...

I have not seen it but just know that I will have the "ugly" cry too!! Kinda been putting it off because I know how bad I'm gonna cry!!

Pug Mama said...

my 14 year old daughter cried from the very beginning to the very end. I had a few moments, but didn't cry during the entire movie as my daughter did. I even told her I thought I should turn it off because she was such a mess but she said, "don't you dare!!!"
and also, during the entire movie I couldn't stop myself for feeling bad for Sandra and her marriage situation - it was constantly on my mind.

Michal said...

I haven't seen it yet but I am actually in need of a big, snotty, red faced, gasping cry- now I know how to get it done "legally"! I guess I'll be renting this one tonight!

Wanda said...

Loooooovvvvveeeddddd this movie!!! Yes, cried too. My favorite moment was in the former guestroom/office when Michael andswered......"no, a bed". I had seen it on the spoilers but it floored me. Then I had to be wiped up from the floor.

Anonymous said...

The movie was definitely a tear jerker. Saw the movie, but read the book first. I first read about the book and the movie at Harlow’s Monkey blog last September. The book "The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game" by Michael Lewis was hard to read at times, especially when you see how we as a society let too many children fall through the cracks. The story about Michael Ohers was interspersed with a history of football more specifically how the game has changed. I think the book is able to give a more complete picture than the movie but that can probably be said of most books turned into movies. Even though I am not a football fan I still found the parts of the book about football interesting and feel it gave me a little insight into a small part of the game. But the book as a whole really shook me up and made me want to some how be a part of the solution so I decided to train to be a court appointed special advocate for children. It is not enough but it where I felt I could be of some assistance.

jennifer said...

I feel the exact same way! I went out and bought the book immediately. We watched it in the theater, so I was trying to not sobb too loudly!! Like you, cried through the entire thing. One of my favorite parts was when she got out of her car to go ask him where he was staying. What an amazing, bold, life changing decision!

Kayce said...

I too bawled like a baby through the entire movie all the while sitting in a theater. There has not a day that goes by since then that I don't ponder how to make a change in our lives to make the smallest difference to MANY children in our own community. Right now it's one sandwich at a time for us...someday I hope it's more than ham and cheese. Sigh.

Cavatica said...

I forget the exact lines, but I loved it when the family was explaining how formally adopting Michael would really make him one of the family and his nonchalant response was "I thought I already was." Formalities meant nothing. He knew he belonged with them now - no questions. They earned each other.

Patty O. said...

I loved the movie too--and cried through most of it. I loved that it was a true story! And I absolutely adored Leigh Anne and how strong and no-nonsense she was. I really liked how whenever there was a touching moment, she left the room because she didn't want anyone to see her cry and I loved how Michael made her hug him at the end even though she had left to go cry in the car.

And I also loved how they started acting as more of a family once Michael came around. Oh, and I really liked the tutor who helped him so much. Really, I just loved the whole thing.

Laurie said...

I loved it all, but most of all I loved how the mom had the guts to do things I only wish I had the guts to do.

Our 7 Blessings from God said...

Best movie I've seen in ages!! My favorite part of the movie was during the Thanksgiving dinner when Micheal sat at the table and the family joined him. I cried from that point on.... makes me so sad to see so many children fall through the cracks here in the US. We tried to foster a child we knew from church years ago, but DFS returned her to her mother. Casie ended up living in a group home when she was in high school due to her mom's drug use. Makes me sad to know how different her life could have been.
Karen

Michelle@BornInOurHearts said...

That is definitely my new favorite movie. I watched it at the movie theatre, but want to rent it to watch it again... and again... and again. I loved everything about it.

a little leprechaun said...

I've been debating on whether to rent it or not. May just have to go for it!! Thanks for the ringing endorsement!!

Kris said...

haven't seen it. writing it down on my list of things to do (and check on tissues, i've got a box handy).

Heather said...

I adore the scene when they originally pick up Michael...how there was just no other choice, no other option in her mind. And then I love when she's reading children's books to them. And when they eat at the table instead of in front of the TV and...

yeah, I love that movie so much too.