9.08.2011

the Mother and the Media

I have watched a grand total of three movies in the theater since I became a mother.
(One was True Grit, and although an excellent movie, is not pertinent to this discussion.)

The others both contain central scenes with babies crying in their beds/homes, watching parents/caregivers die/leave them forever.
Hollywood?  Do you have it in for the mothers out there?

I don't know about you, but motherhood has given me a different perspective on everything.  Media included.  I always find resemblances between these darling movie-babies and my own darling baby, and I'm telling you, it is not pretty.  My heart tears in two.  I leave the theater a wreck, and afterward, the baby scenes play themselves over and over in my mind.  I find myself wanting to run into my baby's room, scoop him out of his crib, and hold him forever.  I want him to know that I will NEVER do that to him.

Sigh.

I know they're just stories -although these things DO happen in real life- and eventually the images in my mind will fade.  But darn this mother heart, it can be a pain sometimes.


(P.S. The Help was great.  As we all expected.)

4 comments:

Cade and Kelsie said...

I'm not sure if Harry Potter 7 is part of these or not, but it gets to my mother's heart every time. I just cry when Harry's mom dies! It's terrible!

Linnea said...

I remember seeing Ice Age (maybe 2? The one with the baby...) in the theaters shortly after Christian was born. I was a nervous wreck the whole time - whenever something dangerous was happening to that baby. And that was animated. I'm sure I'll be even worse when I'm a mother.

Fig said...

I was shredded by HPDH.2. It was the best of all the movies, but I will never be able to watch it again. I grieved for days.

I can't watch or read anything anymore. That ridiculously stupid "Life As We Know It" movie was on the other day, which is supposed to be a romantic comedy or whatever, and I tried to watch it for a minute while I folded laundry, but there was an orphaned baby in there. I turned off the TV and bawled.

Danielle said...

I should probably be grateful for a husband who has me hooked on action movies/westerns/sci fi alien movies, etc. Not many mother-baby relations goin on there. I watch an occasional chick flick/drama but nothing that's been released in the last 2 years, at least. Too many questionable yet society-approved sequences that make me sick to my stomach.

I CAN say that I still get clingy to Teryn whenever I watch Taken, The Incredibles or Finding Nemo, though. The thought of Teryn getting kidnapped is terrifying.