Well all my friends have been raving about This is Us on NBC. My Facebook feed on Tuesday nights was full of “Need Tissues” “OMG This is Us” “Crying” “I cry every episode.” I ran into a friend and she was adamant that I watch it. “I seriously cry every episode but it’s SO good. You HAVE to watch it!” I’m not an “emotional” drama kind of person I prefer a good sitcom, but I figured I would give it a try. If it was too overly emotional I’d just stop watching it. So I watched the first three episodes.
Not a tear. Not a single one. No lump in the throat. I briefly thought maybe I was missing something. But no, I think I’m just emotionally defective. The show is incredible, don’t get me wrong. I love it and I have watched all the episodes. The acting is really good, especially that Chrissy Metz. Heck, they’re all pretty amazing and I’m crushing big time on Milo Ventimiglia. But I haven’t cried! The story line and the characters they’ve built are layered like an onion and perfect television. I haven’t cried.
So this all got me thinking. Am I that emotionally defective? My husband cries during movies more than I do. I mean, I get a little teary eyed sometimes when someone makes like a huge accomplishment against the odds, but for the most time I don’t. I did cry when McSteamy died on Grey’s, I’ll give myself that. Like real tears. Messy kind of cry. Not the kind that you can just dab the corner of your eye with your sleeve.
After I had my first son I got all teary during a few romantic comedies that I’d watched over and over throughout the years and NEVER cried during. I’m talking Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan kind of stuff. Crazy. I thought my son broken me, but I eventually went back to my defective ways. I didn’t even have any good pregnant cries, except that one time I really wanted Cheerios and my husband had drank all the milk. What is wrong with me? I feel like Chandler on Friends in The One Where Chandler Can’t Cry.
Although puppies. Yes. I can’t watch animal movies because I’d be a mess. I did cry when Garfield got lost in a Halloween special when I was six. Maybe there is hope for me? So I cry about animals and not humans. That’s normal right?
Are you a crier? What gets to you?