FF – Crying

In haste, this one. Half memoir, half fiction. You decide which bits are which! (Clue: It’s not the topsoil)

Photo copyright David Stewart


I never understood why Mum cried at the end of movies. The characters lived happily ever after, defeated the monster or even occasionally died… I just scoffed popcorn and ran off. Mum would sit, quietly sniffing; ashamed of the tears, but unable to stop them.

Shame’s a shitty feeling, but those other emotions – relief, happiness, sadness – that spilled from her eyes, those feelings are real and pure and nobody should need to hide them behind a handkerchief or an adjustment of the glasses. These days, I can cry at an advert for topsoil. If Mum were here, we’d cry together.


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39 responses to “FF – Crying

  1. For me, it’s a parent thing. Since having kids, tears every time when there’s a sad or even a happy ending! Lovely memories 🙂

  2. Great take on the prompt, and beautifully written. Almost anything done really well can prompt the catharsis of tears, don’t you think?

  3. I think when Im tired i’m more emotional, which is pretty much all the time these days! Good stuff

  4. Crying for joy is the best kind of crying.

  5. I welled up just reading this, well done!

    Here’s mine!

  6. Patricia Clair

    I’m an easy crier as well – movies, books, topsoil adverts. 😉

  7. Okay. So I have emotions. Great movie: no sex, violence, or foul lingo; they kissed halfway through. Almost boring, but I loved it and maybe a tear or two. Here’s to Mum. 🙂

  8. Lots to cry about these days.

  9. A most touching and heartfelt story. Indeed, as we age we become more likely to understand what we didn’t when we were young!

  10. so lovely, definitely resonates with me 🙂

  11. Tears are not a sign of weakness. The Mum sounds like an empathic soul. Well done!

  12. It shows how some films provide emotional relief in our sometimes busy stressful days.

  13. Lovely portrait of Mum, and I really like how the daughter becomes closer to her by the end. There’s a beautiful sense of love, and a sense of loss too.

  14. Amen to what you say. I can definitely relate to that between my mom and I. My sons have seen me cry plenty at movies as well but so far I haven’t seen them tear up (maybe they hide it well…)

  15. i guess we’ve become emotional as we get older. such is life.

  16. My brother was the leaky one. And somehow, that made it so much worse for both of us. For him, that he was a boy, and for me, that it made me look like a tough cookie when in reality I wasn’t. Lovely story, Jen.

  17. /dear Jen,

    Some of those adverts can get very poignant, can’t they? There’s nothing more enjoyable than crying over a good movie. I’d like your mum. Well done.



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