A lot of people have contacted me after my last blog and asked to be part of CHOPSTICKs (Cryers Helping Others Prepare Strategies To Instil Crying Karma). It seems there are more CHOPSTICKs out there than I ever imagined. I also found that people’s least favourite character is The Topper.
I was contacted by a therapist (wonder why?) who told me that relaxing and breathing steadily in and out through the nose for about five minutes can ease the tears when you’re watching a sad movie. She admitted she was a CHOPSTICK – and her husband was a closet CHOPSTICK (this is when I thought – maybe guys should be called CHAPSTICKS). She said he disguises his tears by insisting there is something in his eye (that doesn’t fool us!)
I gave the new technique a try. I didn’t start with a real tear-jerker like Sophie’s Choice or Schindler’s List. I thought a relatively cheery movie that may have a kind of sad ending would be a good start. So I watched Red Dog.
*spoiler and breathe deep alerts follow*
Breathe deep alert – when the master dies tragically in the MIDDLE of the movie after meeting and falling in love with the beautiful girl (and you KNOW they would have lived happily ever after, damnit!)
Breathe deep alert – when the dog travels half way around the world searching for the master when the viewer knows the master is already dead and he’s never going to find him (please little puppy, give up and look for a new master).
Breathe deep alert – when the dog crawls onto the master’s grave and dies of a broken heart (this may need a double breathe deep alert).
Breathe deep alert – when they bring out the NEW CUTE AND CUDDLY PUPPY and everyone cuddles it because it’s a miniature version of the one that just died (oxygen mask may be required here to aid breathing).
Breathe deep alert – when hubby turns around and says he’s got something in his eye (Yeah – AS IF!)
Apart from that – it was a great movie.
The steady breathing in and out through the nose worked to a certain extent but caused a bit of a mess, so I’ll make sure I’ve got tissues handy next time.