YOU MUST GO SEE THIS MOVIE
I am not a big cryer at movies, usually my eyes just well up. The exception is when I strongly identify with the relationship in the movie. Pet movies, My Girl (to this day, I still get teary from the phrase, "Where are Thomas J's glasses?" Try it on me and see), and currently, movies dealing with the parent-child relationship never fail to make me wail.
This movie was no exception. So I cry reasonably hard in the movie, tear up a little thinking about it afterwards, and PROCEED TO SOB as I call my Dad to tell him that I love him and that the movie made me think of him.
I hope he appreciates being awakened in the middle of the night to be told that his son loves him. I know I appreciate getting the chance to tell him.
I spent too long hiding my feelings from my dad, afraid that if I let him get too close he would see that I was gay and hate me for it. Now, just under two years since I came out to him, we are really seeing the benefits of this new intimacy.
How did I survive all that time without the relationship I have with him now? He is such a strength to me. We may not always see eye-to-eye, but I know he's always on my side.
Well, that's a little more self-disclosure than I anticipated for tonight. I was just looking forward to cheering Britney on in Crossroads.
I wouldn't have it any other way.