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Wed Dec 19, 2018, 11:14 PM

Today I got choked up and cried, reading "The Polar Express" to second graders.

It was the first time I read the book. I've never seen the movie either.

I tried but couldn't manage to read the last two sentences about believing. And I don't cry. I just don't.

Another teacher nearby finished the book for me.

I'm sure that the kids were surprised to see what an effect a book can have.

In any case, I found the youtube of the part of the story where I lost it.

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Reply Today I got choked up and cried, reading "The Polar Express" to second graders. (Original post)
no_hypocrisy Dec 2018 OP
Lefta Dissenter Dec 2018 #1
elleng Dec 2018 #2
Phoenix61 Dec 2018 #3
packman Dec 2018 #4
mnhtnbb Dec 2018 #5
WinstonSmith4740 Dec 2018 #13
BigmanPigman Dec 2018 #6
mia Dec 2018 #7
elocs Dec 2018 #8
akraven Dec 2018 #18
marcopolo63 Dec 2018 #9
no_hypocrisy Dec 2018 #10
Ron Obvious Dec 2018 #11
xxqqqzme Dec 2018 #12
NRaleighLiberal Dec 2018 #14
3catwoman3 Dec 2018 #17
panader0 Dec 2018 #15
SaveOurDemocracy Dec 2018 #16

Response to no_hypocrisy (Original post)

Wed Dec 19, 2018, 11:22 PM

1. Oh, for pete's sake

you made me tear up just sitting here in my kitchen, and I didnít even click on the video.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2018, 12:01 AM

2. It's a terrific book, and very good movie.

I have our old copy with me; my daughters are 30 and 33 years old!

The movie is playing (repeatedly) tonight on WE TV, Ch. 260.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2018, 12:13 AM

3. The original Grinch always makes me tear up

The part about his heart grew two sizes that day....

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2018, 11:33 AM

4. Strange - How times change

I grew up in the John Wayne, Randolph Scott era where "Real" men don't cry. No, we were expected to tough it out, be manly and don't show those tears no matter what. Reflecting back that attitude and mind-set probably led to a lot of missed emotional connections that would have made me a better man today.

Today, after years of seasoning, I weep at lost chances, lost opportunities and beautiful sunrises and sunsets. I applaud you for showing the character that will remain with those children, a man with feelings and sensitivity.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2018, 12:52 PM

5. I never saw the movie.

Used to read the book to my boys.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 23, 2018, 01:39 PM

13. Oh, you've got to see the movie.

That was my introduction to it when I was subbing in an elementary school during the holidays. Tore me up! You'll believe reindeer can fly, and the Steven Tyler elf rocked.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2018, 07:15 PM

6. I always got choked up when I read

Charlotte's Web to my First Graders.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Original post)

Thu Dec 20, 2018, 09:08 PM

7. I'm there with you.

Thank you for your post.

I used to read "Love You Forever" to my preschool-kindergarten students every year.

It's a beautiful story. I just found this video version.

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Response to elocs (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 31, 2018, 11:38 AM

18. One we ALWAYS give to!

40+ years now.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2018, 09:42 AM

9. My wife teaches 1st Grade...

...and will be reading this book to her kids today here in Maine on the last day of school before the Holiday break. She gifts her kids a bell with leather threading, just like the book and movie, and has been doing this for 35 years!

Believing is powerful for the spirit and soul! Many of her school kids remember this into adulthood and we hope carry that belief throughout their lives and pass it on to their children!

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Response to marcopolo63 (Reply #9)

Fri Dec 21, 2018, 02:59 PM

10. I laude your wife.

She is teaching them so much more than academics.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2018, 03:07 PM

11. I remember watching the ending of Watership Down

I was desperately hoping nobody would notice my eyes were leaking like crazy. At least I was able to sit there stoically otherwise.

I too am from an era where adult men didn't cry, ever.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2018, 11:53 PM

12. My 9 year old

grandson loves the movie and the book. My son got him the Polar Express train set for his Dec. 5th birthday a couple of years ago. It travels around their Christmas tree every year now.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2018, 10:30 PM

14. Try getting through the Velveteen Rabbit dry eyed!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #14)

Sun Dec 30, 2018, 10:19 PM

17. Just the title that book...

...is enough to Put my waterworks into overdrive.

Same thing with the Rainbow Bridge thing.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2018, 01:22 PM

15. For me it was 'Knots on a Counting Rope'

Four kids listened to their dad's voice quiver as I read.
https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-8050-0571-4

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Original post)

Sun Dec 30, 2018, 08:55 PM

16. 'Stone Fox' did me in; reading it to my son 20 years ago. Suddenly, mid-sentence, burst into tears.

Startled my son ...

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