Getting More Sentimental With Age
OMG this is getting ridiculous. I teared up recently when the UPS man wished me a Merry Christmas.
I didn’t even cry when we dropped our daughters off at college years ago. But it seems the older I’m getting the more sentimental I’m becoming.
I had to pull off the road this fall & wipe away some tears when I noticed a group of students had painted the Spirit Rock at the high school to support their friend.
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And I got emotional when one of my daughter’s Lady Ram golfers hugged her after winning N10 Player of the Year.
Thank you’s from parents, shoutouts on FB, “Hi, Mrs. Stoneburner” from across the street…
I can understand crying when my favorite character on “Heartland” died, but getting misty-eyed when all four chairs turn for someone on “The Voice” seems weird. And sniffling every time the young businessman gives up his city life in a Hallmark movie for the girl who lives in the country is kinda strange too.
Don’t mentioned the playing of The Star Spangle Banner at a football game or military persons surprising their families. I can tear up just thinking about the video where that little girl says, “Oh, Daddy!” when he walked into her pre-school.
And I love one of the old United HealthCare commercials because it makes me laugh & cry at the very same time. Oh, those dirty dancing moves of long ago — gone forever!
I was curious about my new sentimentality though so I set out to do a little research. I knew from my own experience that I had become more levelheaded in old age -- “picking my battles” and “not sweating the small stuff.” And psychologist Susan Turk Charles from the University of California agrees that older people have greater control over their feelings.
But just like every topic, I found there are two sides to this one too. Some researchers say sentimentality is a sign of a person being empathetic, grateful, enthusiastic -- a person who has a 6th sense, collects things, makes instant connections. But others actually refer to Mussolini and Hitler as prime examples of sentimentalists in their journal articles.
Oh dear, now I really have something to cry about. Ha!
It’ll Be OK.
“What do you say to your sister when she's crying? -- ‘Are you having a crisis?’” Ohhhh… Sorry! ~Anonymous
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I’m right there with you everything mentioned above, I cry just looking at my grandkids that I am privileged to be here and watch them grow.
Oh my goodness, I am laughing and tearing up at the same time reading this fabulous writing! So funny and I can completely relate. I think the commercials right now that are getting me every time are the darn Publix ones. I cry every time they are on. And don’t even start with the Hallmark movies. my daughter comes home from college today for a month and I will cry and laugh many times. I am sure all at the same time! To me, crying is release and it’s an embracing of your vulnerability...so, cry all you want! Merry merry Christmas! ￼🥲😀🎄❤️