I’m a bit of an emotional mess tonight…
Currently reliving my childhood by watching Dumbo. This movie never made me cry until now. It wasn’t until I became an adult that I truly understood how sad this story really is for me to watch.
I’ve been sobbing through the entire thing, partly because of how this poor baby is teased and ridiculed, and separated from his poor mom who’s only trying to protect her baby, and they are both put through such animal cruelty. It honestly makes me sick; I don’t think I’ve reacted to any other Disney movie like this before. I know it sounds strange, but it this movie just gets to me now that I’m older.
It also upsets me because it reminds me of my grandmother. We used to watch this movie together when I was very little and she always used to say she was Mrs. Jumbo and I was her little Dumbo. She would even sing baby mine to me when it came to that part of the movie. She has since become very ill and suffers from Alzheimer’s disease (she’s had it for 13 years, I’m now 22, you can do the math). There’s no way she remembers any of these moments, and it brings tears to my eyes now, watching and remembering my time with her before she got so sick, knowing that all of that is gone for her. Needless to say, I’m missing my grandma right now, terribly.