If it is not apparent from this and this post, Jacob and I basically have the same taste in movies as a five year-old. The last time we went to D.I. we picked the following VHS tapes: The Rescuers Down Under, The Land Before Time, Just Like Dad, and The Babysitter’s Club. And if that is not bad enough, both of us are weepers—particularly in movies involving anthropomorphized cartoon animals in distress.
I already told my story about watching Dumbo, and a few weeks ago there was an incident with Land Before Time when that sweet little brontosaurus’s mom dies—seriously, the depression never ends in that movie! Do they really make these for kids? I was falling apart.
Anyway, it wasn’t too long ago when I realized that Jacob has the same tendency. We were watching An American Tail, the story of Fievel Mousekewitz, the little Russian emigrant mouse who is separated from his family on the way to America. In his journey, Fievel has many setbacks including: being kidnapped, being put to work in a sweatshop, escaping evil cats, and continually losing hope that he’ll ever find his family. Pretty hard times for a young mouse.
Finally, at the end of the film Fievel is reunited with his father. It is a touching moment between Father and Son Mousekewitz, and the happy emigrant family is reunited! At this point in the movie, I look over at Jacob, and what do I see? TEARS. Tears welling in his eyes. I couldn’t believe it! He was just like me! At this discovery, he quickly became embarrassed and hid his face so I couldn’t see him. But I wasn’t gonna let this go. . .
H: “Awww. . . Honey! You’re crying! I didn’t realize this movie would affect you so much!” [lots of laughing and teasingly comforting Jacob]
J: [Becoming more embarrassed and defensive—as more tears escape] “Well, it’s just REALLY touching!! Okay?? I can’t help it!”
I hope this doesn’t embarrass you, Jacob. I just love this moment so much, and I wanted to write it down before I forgot about it. It makes me happy to have someone so tender-hearted. We can always be weepers together.