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Ready For Time To Slow Down: How ‘Toy Story 3’ Has Me Winding Back My Clock

Yesterday afternoon I put on ‘Toy Story 3’ for my kids to watch while I managed some of the PILES of mail that was waiting for me in the kitchen. I went away for a few days last week and that’s all it took for the house to get overrun by bills, PR pitches and junk mail.

I already saw ‘Toy Story 3’ in the theatre and sobbed like a CHILD throughout the entire film. So many things spoke to me and I don’t know if I was just overly emotional that day or if I was feeling what most adults felt during the flick.

The kids were mesmerized and for a moment I looked over and the scene where the mother enters her son’s empty room for the first time right before he headed off to college was playing. She looked around – took a deep breath and then turned to Andy and cried on his shoulder.

That was all I needed to see. I practically fell on the floor and started to dry heave. I don’t know how parents face that moment – the day when you actually realize that your baby girl or boy no longer needs to sit under your wing. I know my babies are still babies but time keeps ticking. I can’t imagine not seeing them on a regular basis. My throat is closing up just THINKING about it.

Have you seen Toy Story 3? If you haven’t you better get yourself some tissues and a few aspirin because it will get the waterworks pumping!! The movie is currently available on DVD and Blueray.

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  1. Oh my gosh just reading this post has me crying in my office!!!! And I haven’t even seen the movie yet. I can’t handle emotional things this week. We just took apart my 2 year old’s crib last night – he’s got a nice full sized bed now, and that’s it… my baby years are over. I can’t imagine them leaving home and going away to school. If the house next to mine goes up for sale, I’m buying it.

  2. Nope, haven’t seen it yet and, considering my oldest turned 17 today (I know, hold me!) may just have to wait a little longer. Then again, doesn’t sound like it matters. Am a total MUSH as it is. {{{hugs}}}

  3. Our daughter moved in this past summer and it is CRAZY HARD to let go. Bah. My son was perfectly content with it as it he turned her room into his Lego room. lol!

    I LOVED Toy Story 3. speaking of which, I bought the day it came out and lent it to my daughter, who still hasn’t brought it back yet. It was much easier when I could just go up to her room and get it back. Sigh.

  4. I am not a mom, but I have to say that as a daughter I feel like my relationship with my mom just keeps getting better and better and better as I get older. I cherish her now so much more than I ever did when I was a kid or a teenager. So there are good parts about the kids getting older too!

    And don’t worry, you still have a long time until college!

  5. oh Vera, so glad to hear I am not the only onwe who cried like a baby at that movie. My girls were laughing at me “Mommeeeeeeeeee, its just a movie”. But the end got to me as well… tissues avail…I was using my daughters jacket to wipe the tears….LOL, great little movie!

  6. Ahhhh – I’ve thought about that scene everytime in the last few months when my little guy has said to me “its ok mommy – I can do it all by myself”.

    so proud of him but they just grow too fast!!!

  7. I have heard so many people talk about getting so emotional over the movie that I’m actually afraid to see it! I’m one of those freaks who was taught to hold in everything (“no crying allowed” growing up)…but believe me, those bottled up emotions manifest themselves and wind up being expressed in other ways…so I know it is good to purge….let it out!

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