I am crazy sensitive. Always have been. I was the kid that cried when other kids got made of fun of in school because I felt bad for them. For some reason, God gave me this wonderful curse of sensitivity. Which is incredibly odd because when it comes to my own personal matters, I can be as strong as steel, but when I see others hurting, it hits me at the core. And it only seems to get worse with age and motherhood.
My husband knows when something is getting to me. I’ll try to hide my tears by cuddling the blanket close to my face, but he always catches me. And generally it’s over something completely silly.
Here are a few of the examples of things that make me cry:
- News: Stories about bullying, hatred and missing kids. Or, happy ending stories about kids or animals.
- Movies: Forrest Gump, A Little Princess, North Country, Up, and too many others to name.
- Commercials: Any Hallmark or ASPCA commercial and that darn “Silent Night” Pampers commercial with all the sleeping babies (that little newborn quivering lip gets me every time!).
- Books: On The Night You Were Born, Love You Forever and when I read almost anything about World War II, and the suffering people endured.
- TV: Our America with Lisa Ling, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, A Baby Story and Undercover Boss.
- Songs: “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds, “Jesus Take The Wheel” by Carrie Underwood, plus countless others.
If you’ve never heard this song and want to feel moved, give it a listen. There’s no official video out there, so just listen to the words.
- When I see anything about military families being reunited after a long period of time.
- When I’m sitting in the dark rocking my baby to sleep and really thinking about the moment and knowing she’s only going to be this little for a short amount of time.
And now, a story about women and crying that may make you cry…
“Mom, why are you crying?” a young boy asked his mom.
“Because I’m a woman,” she told him.
“I don’t understand,” he said.
His mom just hugged him and said, “And you never will.”
Later the little boy asked his father, “Why does mother seem to cry for no reason?”
“All women cry for no reason,” was all his dad could say.
The little boy grew up and became a man, still wondering why women cry.
Finally he put in a call to God. When God got on the phone the man said, “God, why do women cry so easily?”
God said: “When I made women she had to be special. I made her shoulders strong enough to carry the weight of the world; yet, gentle enough to give comfort.
I gave her an inner strength to endure childbirth and the rejection that many times comes from her children.
I gave her a hardness that allows her to keep going when everyone else gives up and take care of her family through sickness and fatigue without complaining.
I gave her the sensitivity to love her children under any and all circumstances, even when her child has hurt her very badly. This same sensitivity helps her to make a child’s boo-boo feel better and shares in her teenagers anxieties and fears.
I gave her strength to carry her husband through his faults and fashioned her from his rib to protect his heart.
I gave her wisdom to know that a good husband never hurts his wife, but sometimes tests her strengths and her resolve to stand beside him unfaltering.
I gave her a tear to shed, and it’s hers exclusively to use whenever it is needed. It’s her only weakness; it’s a tear for mankind.”
– Author Unknown
What brings tears to your eyes?