MAYBE SPOILERS INSIDE THIS POST
Last Sunday, my family went to see the new Disney Pixar movie Inside Out.
Inside Out is about an 11 year girl named Riley and the Emotions inside her head. The movie featured: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust.
I have to admit this was a bit of an emotional roller coaster for my whole family.
With all of these Emotional Characters along with the story, it definitely had my family laughing, crying, and fearing. There was a bit more anger and disgust after the movie after being all hyped up on candy.
Inside Out has been a bit of a family discussion within my family over the past few days.
I did find myself tearing up when Riley’s imaginary friend disappeared and laughing out loud at the Mom’s emotional characters inside her head as they were all disgusted with the father. (I think I caught my husband eye rolling through this scene.)
But the biggest surprise, was my 7 year old’s reaction to Riley running away. When we left the movie theater, everyone seemed so filled with JOY, but it quickly turned to SADNESS and then embarrassment. (That would be a good one for Inside Out 2). I asked my daughter why she was so upset. It had to do with Riley actually getting on that bus and running away.
Well, my husband and I went into parenting 101. (I think!) As we started to get her to calm down, I had no idea I would be channeling back to my own childhood. I found a lot of me in Riley.
I remembered that I ran away when I was 5. I packed my suitcase with one pair of underwear and a teddy bear and walked down the street. (We lived in a cul-de-sac, so no traffic). I couldn’t remember why I did it, but I know I must have been mad about something. I told my daughter I must have had so much ANGER to leave, but after a few minutes SADNESS took over. I remember wondering…What was I going to eat for lunch? Where was I going to sleep? Who was going to take care of me? So I went home.
Her eyes lit up and she couldn’t believe that HER MOTHER would do something just like RILEY.
But the “relatables” kept coming.
I remembered my dad moved us from Macon, Georgia to Tallahassee, Florida during my freshman year of high school. I’m sure I was a total wreck, but that’s not a “long term memory”. I told my daughter the only thing I remembered was the friends I made, the basketball games I won, the dances I went to, the music I listened to and so on…
After realizing, this can happen to any kid and it’s going to be okay. We ended up having a wonderful dinner with my husband and I wiping the sweat off our brows and maybe patting ourselves a little on the back.
Now for the past few days, all my kids do is quote the movie.
My 7 year old is constantly quoting ANGER while the 4 year old is in a state of SADNESS (not really).
Check out this Local Kid Scoop on these two hams.
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