Tuesday, July 15, 2008

WFMW - How not to be a crybaby

I am a cryer. Big time. Prone to blubbery snotty embarrassing public displays of affliction.

Movies, arguments with certain men who share my last name, Mormon commercials, any page from this book, almost all Christmas carols, lots of songs, certain youtubes, and church - oh. I almost feel like reaching in the collection plate and taking back my money if a few tears are not summoned on a Sunday morning.

Sometimes it's very cathartic, and in a way that no man will ever understand, we just need a good cry.

But, there are other times when you don't want to cry. Like, at work, for instance. I used to hate it when I cried at work! (at my current job, I would just fit right in.) Or, when your flight home from She Speaks has been delayed for hours and no one at Continental will give you the dignity of a reason why. Or, like, last week at the pediatric GI's office where I waited weeks for an appointment and had to scrounge up a babysitter for three other kids and showed up with my still can't poop daughter only to be told that their appointment girl had completely screwed up (I knew it) and scheduled me for a totally random day when I was going to be out of town anyway and they could try and squeeze me in no promises but they were already running three hours behind so maybe I could make another appointment for sometime in September.

You know, hypothetically, something like that.

Times like that, tears will only embarrass you.

Here is my solution: Think about baseball.

It works, y'all, trust me, I don't know why, but it does.

I can't remember who taught me this, but when I am about to lose it, I just picture a baseball diamond in my head, with guys in caps and knickers running around it and - voila. I regain composure almost instantly.

A friend of mine had to put it to a big test last summer, when attending an incredibly sad funeral. We discussed the baseball remedy and afterwards, I asked her how it went. "Well," she said, "just baseball didn't quite work. But then I thought about chipmonks playing baseball, and then I could hold it together."

So there ya go.

Think about baseball.

More tips you can't live without here at Rocks in my Dryer.



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21 comments:

  1. HEY MISSY! So this should be a blast from your past. I was on the Fatheree blog looking at little Cib and I clicked around and ended up at your blog. Last time I saw you was when Shepherd was just a itty baby. There certainly weren't three more. Anyway, I just wanted to say hi as I always was so fond of you and your great spirit. Your fam is adorable! -Samantha Fite

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  2. Baseball? Really? I can't believe this will work. I mean I believe you and everything, but I can't believe that baseball can stop the waterworks. I'm definitely going to try it (probably before I go to bed) and let you know the outcome. Hoping for dry eyes.

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  3. I will have to try that tip as well. I am SOOOOO a cryer myself. I cry when I get mad which is the worse cause you can never get your point across. People just think you are an over sensitive moron. Songs that make me cry..I have two on my blog right.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S70gwFcSK9k
    and then there are these....
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Coke-Q9VUFM
    This one brings tears right away for me
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4F_cXGQN9k

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  4. Okay so the links will not work but you can always cut and paste um...that is if you are bored ever....we four kids I doubt that happens.

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  5. Weird, but I will try it.

    Sorry about the doctor appointment. That stinks.

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  6. what about those Hallmark movies and the accompanying (is that a word?) commercials? Those get me every time!

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  7. I'm totally going to try it! I think I'm the biggest cry baby ever!
    I'll let you know if it works for me!

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  8. It works because "there's NO CRYING IN BASEBALL"

    At least according to the movie "A League of Their Own"

    and we all know that all movies are true....right?

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  9. I love this tip so much, I could just weep!

    I'm like a leaky faucet about the silliest things.

    Baseball. Got it!

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  10. I am just disappointed someone else beat me to the no crying in baseball thing...I thought of that instantly!

    I, too, am a cryer. And as I have been lurking your blog here the last few days and reading your favorite posts I discovered we have several things in common.

    I have a strong-willed child...a two year old son named Noah. And I am the least fit woman to be his mother. I twitch daily in parenting him.

    I also love to tell the story...of those who have somehow wounded me. And if the person I am telling the story to knows the person who so deeply hurt me...well, even better.

    Your post on that really hit home hard.

    Your blog is so darling...your writing style is top notch and I love little girls with bows in their hair! But my daughter is nine months and still quite the baldy so we use mostly headbands.

    I'm so glad to have met your blog!

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  11. I forgot to check that little box...

    Sorry!

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  12. THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL! :-)

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  13. Need a good cry....the best video of all time.

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=-NaSROohLzs&feature=related

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  14. posted by different Rebecca....maybe RebeccaII???

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  15. What about Mormon commercials make you cry?

    Mommy of 5

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  16. Oh my, the Mormon commercials, the old ones at least, were designed to make you cry!

    I remember one about the dad who worked too much, and then at the end he hears his daughter praying for him to come home more, and he goes in and hugs her - WAHHHHHHH

    Maybe they aren't like that anymore, since we have Tivo I am a little out of it re commercials ;)

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  17. I'm drawing a blank on the name of the movie, but it had Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O'Donnell...it's when the women are playing baseball in place of the men fighting in WWII. Anyway, Tom Hanks yells out one day, "What? Are you crying? THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!"

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  18. If thinking about a baseball diamond is enough to sober me, I think a baseball diamond populated by chipmunks would throw me the other direction. I'd end up laughing hysterically, which often with me wiping tears from my eyes.

    The circle of life....

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  19. Me. TOO!! Especially in church. A dear friend of mine doesn't SING specials, she SIGNS them. After the first two I saw, I now cry even before she begins, like when she starts walking to the stage. It gets me every time! It's just so beautiful and flowy and I'm about to cry now. Recently it was "God Bless The USA" but it's usually "Word Of God Speak" and REALLY good songs like that.

    I'll have to remember your little baseball thought! Our family's doesn't work all the time. We know a guy who's funny but a little, um, chunky, (like I'm not!) but my husband will say to me when I'm emotional, "Just picture, Bob Jones in Speedos!"

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  20. haha very good.

    my problem is during moments where (if i were alone) i would or should be crying, like saying good-bye to my friends when they or I move away or when i was told i couldn't have children naturally...my tears get performance anxiety and i couldn't eak anything out of them if i had to. then i feel like i seem unemotional and cold...

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  21. I used this at my sister-in-law's wedding earlier this month. I try to list the baseball teams- Rockies, Cubs, Royals, Yankees....
    It worked pretty well!

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