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.
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.)