I woke up this morning with a slight case of the blues. So much so that I just lay in bed watching TV until nature forced me up. I was hurting all over from yesterday's massage therapy and wanted to stay under the covers all toasty warm and cosy. Peeking through the blinds I could see that the day appeared to be as I was - totally grey.
I finally stumbled downstairs and picked up the newspaper at the front door and headed into the kitchen for some coffee. Not even having the energy to make fresh, I simply poured what was left from yesterday and popped it into the microwave to reheat. Finally, I walked into the family room to open the blinds and what should I see? My irises are blooming! I rushed upstairs to get my camera to record the event and after taking its photo, wandered around the garden to see what else was new. Well, three of the poppy buds are fully open now, so I took a photo of them. Also, more lilies have appeared and the rhododendrun by the fence is in full bloom. All of these wonderful colours have truly perked me up and the sun has finally managed to appear.
Earlier this morning, I was almost devastated by depression and started thinking about some of my favourite tear-jerker movies. I felt like I need a good cry to wash away all those toxins that got stirred up with the massage therapy. I got to thinking about some of the times in my life when those tears actually made me feel better about myself and my life. Some of those soul-cleansing movies were:
Shadowlands - starring Debra Winger and Anthony Hopkins, the story of C.S. Lewis' love for an American woman, Joy Gresham, whom he marries. Of course the story ends tragically and I remember sobbing out loud in the theater and having to rush to the ladies' room afterwards to compose myself. This was the first movie I'd seen since my husband had died, and my friends had not known what the movie was about when they dragged me out, hoping to cheer me up.
The Bridges of Madison County - starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood. Would you have opened that door and jumped out of the truck? I sobbed at the end of that movie, knowing that I would have done as she did, sacrificing the love of my life for my children and husband who had done nothing but love me for who I was.
Sophie's Choice - another Meryl Streep movie. I've always been interested in WWII and the Holocaust, wondering how people could have possibly lived through such terror and torture. The choice Sophie was forced to make by a Nazi officer was the most horrendous thing anyone could ever do to a woman, and she sacrificed one child for the other - something she had to live with for the rest of her life. This great screen play shows what hatred and ignorance do to the innocent.
Steel Magnolias - starring Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis. How many of you knew that this movie was based on a tragic, real-life event? And who could ever forget the scene in the cemetery when M'Lynn goes crazy with grief over the death of her daughter?
The Way We Were - starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford. I saw this one all by myself one day after having an argument with my new husband. To this day I wonder if it was an omen of what was to come - real passionate love that would never last to the end of our days together.
My list also included Beaches, Terms of Endearment, Brian's Song, Imitation of Life, Schindler's List, Fried Green Tomatoes, Saving Private Ryan, The Notebook, Life is Beautiful, and Sybil.
What movies have made you cry? What cleanses your soul when you have the blues? What turns your blues into other colours of the rainbow?