Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a complete cry baby. I will cry at anything, ANYTHING. Especially bad for me are commercials for telephone companies (you know the sort with the grown child calling home to mama in Italy), children's stories (The Happy Prince and don't get me started on The Little Matchstick Girl) and sad songs.
There are some songs that it doesn't matter how many times I hear them I lose it . . . Bwaaaaahhhh!
Okkervil River's John Allyn Smith Sails
Iron and Wine's Naked as we Came
Iron and Wine / Calexico Dead Man's Will
(Actually a LOT of Iron and Wine has me teary . . . I love him so! He could read the phone book and I'd listen completely enraptured and soggy with tears).
So anyway, the other day my little guy came out of school with a very serious look on his face.
I asked, "What's wrong?"
He said, "Can't tell you till we get far enough away from school". . . I was worried (remember the haircut? Kids can be cruel about such things).
We walked halfway home and he decided that it was enough distance and told me that the teacher had been playing some songs for the class while they worked. There was one song that was partly in Spanish and partly in English about a cat. He was enjoying it immensely (I've mentioned before he LOVES cats). That was until the part where the, "cat falls off the roof, breaks his solar plexus and dies". . . he cried his little eyes out telling me about it. And you can bet I cried too. The two of us sniffling away outside the fruit and vege shop and Astrid looking at us in a perplexed way (she only cries when she's really ANGRY).
He described the song so well that I found it; Señor Don Gato . He doesn't believe the last line about him returning to life.
He had sat quietly in his seat during class and cried without anyone seeing him and then had cried on and off discretely at school whenever he thought about it. He was inconsolable.
Poor little guy has inherited my BooHoo gene . . . Astrid appears safe however.