We had seen Seven Alone once before where I carefully explained about what happens to the parents in the story. No problems at all. So tonight the boys ask to watch it once again. Sure! Why not? I think it's great for them to watch a non-cartoon movie...and this isn't even a comedy or a regular kids' movie.
So we start watching it and all is well. Since all is well, I thought I'd take a gander on the computer. About a third into the movie, my 6yo starts crying. VERY loudly! Big crocodile tears, red face and look of utter anguish. I rushed over to find out what was wrong.
I just get sooo sad when people die, Mommy!
I can't believe he died!!! (sobbing continues...)
This was one extremely distraught boy! I had never ever seen him look or act like this! I explain that it's okay to be sad but remember this is a movie...it's pretend (even if based on some true story). And I remind him that the kids are okay in the end. He seems okay and continues to watch the movie.
(For some strange reason, he is only crying when the dad dies and not the mommy. But...I won't read too much into that. I'm sure it was just an oversight on his part!)
Then towards the end when the little baby is very sick and not moving anymore...
Mommy, I think I feel one tear in my eye.
I'm a little sad about that sick baby.
I think I'm going to cry again...
I tell him that sometimes when I see something or someone sad, I cry too. Just like when they're happy, I will smile with them. My 4yo, on the other hand, is practically jumping on the couch and shouting: I'm not crying, mommy! Like my other son is in trouble or something... Silly boy making contests out of everything...even crying/not crying!
Anyhoo, I was quite surprised to see such a sensitive side of my 6yo. While he is a momma's boy and very affectionate, I have NEVER seen him get upset over a death on tv/movie...let alone let loose a single tear over a sick baby! So I guess there's hope for him yet!!! I'd much rather have a tender-hearted child than a cold-hearted one.
Now it's time to get those little boogers in bed.