Monday, July 28, 2008

Sell your testosterone elsewhere. We're all full up here.

Sarah blogged on SpouseBUZZ about how she likes to pass deployment time by watching testosterone-filled movies. Though I'll admit to throwing 300 on every once in a while to look at lots of half-naked hotties, I find myself watching another sort of movie when CPT Dick is away -- the chick flick.

And during deployment times, the sappier the chick flick, the better.

I tend to store up stress. So much so that there is probably a Rubbermaid logo stamped on my ass - you know, under the wide load sign. And when you carry around that much worry, you need a release. My release is to cry.

I'm not a crier by nature. I tend to take most of life with a stiff upper lip. So I watch these movies about love lost and found, love dying and renewed, the man who got away and the woman who left -- these totally predictable and maudlin films -- so at the end of them all, I can let myself tear up and get it all out.

I realize that it is pretty ridiculous. But all it takes is a good cry after watching Shirley MacLaine tell those nurses that it's 10:00am and Debra Winger needs her pain medicine, goddammit, to reset my internal stress meter. It's what works for me.

9 comments:

Butterfly Wife said...

Well there is nothing quite like that scene in Terms of Endearment to make someone cry. I'm not sure anyone can withstand the power of it. (So I am such a sucker that just thinking about it is making me tear up. Ugg.)

What other movies to you watch?

Non-Essential Equipment said...

I just bought "Definitely, Maybe" to add to the list. But the old standbys are "A Walk to Remember," "Terms of Endearment," "Harold and Maude," "Prime," "Music and Lyrics," "50 First Dates," "Say Anything," and "The Station Agent."

They all make me cry at the end for one reason or another.

Anonymous said...

If you want a real tear-jerker, Imitation of Life is always one to watch or An Affair to Remember of course, Imitation of Life, although not a love story, reduces me to a sobbing mess complete with the ugly cry.

loquita said...

This definitely sounds like me. I am much, much more likely to go for the girly movies than the testosterone movies. The guy movies just make me feel even more deprived, so that's not good. heh

Emily said...

This is me, too. When hubby is gone, I watch chick flicks, partly because I so rarely watch them when he's home, and partly because yes, they can be a huge stress reliever.

Anonymous said...

50 First Dates and Say Anything are classics. Steel Magnolias does the job for me, too.

Marine Wife said...

I lean toward the girly stuff, too. If nothing else, it's about the only time I can watch them in peace.

Lee Anne said...

I"m not a crier, normally, but 50 First Dates got to me for some reason, too. It was just so incredibly sad to me. I like "Love, Actually" as well.

Bon said...

I'm all about the chick flick too, like Loquita said, if I watch something like 300 I just feel deprived. PS I Love You was the last one like that.