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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Shall We Dance?

If you’ve read this blog before, then you know I’m a big movie fan and I love movies that make me cry (or laugh or gasp in startled surprise). I just finished watching Shall We Dance (yes, I know I should have been writing but I was ironing while I watched so it was all right). Anyway, if you haven’t seen this movie, I encourage you to do so. In a nut shell, Richard Gere plays a man who is not quite happy with his life. He feels something is missing although he has a good job and a loving wife (played by Susan Sarandon) so he takes ballroom dancing lessons. He doesn’t tell his wife he’s doing this and when she finds out…well, there are hurt feelings (understandable….I would be upset too). There is a scene in this movie that always makes my throat constrict and my eyes well with tears. It’s when Richard Gere comes up an escalator at the department store where his wife works, dressed in a tux and holding a perfect red rose. He’s coming to let her know how much he loves her and then he dances with her….right there in the middle of the store. *sigh*
This is not the first movie I have cried at (nor will it be the last). I saw Homeward Bound, The Incredible Journey with my son many years ago. You might recall this movie….two dogs and a cat (voiced by Don Ameche, Michael J. Fox and Sally Field) escape from a ranch to find their owners in San Francisco. Well, I was so moved by this story (Disney flicks have a way of tugging at your heartstrings), I was sobbing (I thought quietly, but apparently not). My son, all of twelve at the time, actually got up and moved away from me!
Books will do this to me, too. I cried (in public!) when I read The Notebook (I was on a bus on my way home from work). Was I embarrassed? No, not at all (okay, I lied…I was…a little). I cried when I read Cathy Cash Spellman’s Paint the Wind and at the end of Jodi Thomas’ The Texan’s Reward (I’ve been a fan of hers ever since). I’ve even cried at the end of some of my own stories.
What was the last book that made you cry?

As always, happy reading!

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