What do you do when your hurting inside so much and you don’t know how to cope?
A Musical Theatre Geek’s Guide to Surviving Anything:
1. Express your emotion loudly and thru interpretive dance.
2. Find a show tune that fits your situation.
3. Listen to said show tune on repeat for infinity. Feel free to sing or dance along. When this gets tiring, listen to the rest of the album.
4. Emotionally sing every single part at the same time.
Repeat steps 1-4 until you a. loose your voice b. fall into an exhausted emotional heap or c. feel better.
Ohmygod that is hilarious
wait, its not the angry itch? oops.
Matilda, why must you give me so many feels?!?!?!?!
When I was younger, one of my favorite uncles nicknamed me Matilda. Its the only nickname that ever really took. My name is Laura, and since my brother teased me by calling me Laurie (totally just to get a reaction out of me because I didn’t like it), none of the short forms of my name really stuck.
I never really knew why he called me that, and he died before I was old enough to appreciate it and ask him. He was the only one who called me that, and now its something really special to me and his wife.
I’ve watched the movie once or twice and liked it ok, but as a kid I was really sensitive to movies with thematic/intense/violent scenes or audio… and it was one of those movies that was on the edge for me. (side note, I hated Alice in Wonderland. Lots of the Disney princess movies were hit or miss with me. I liked the Lion King and Toy Story because they were “made up” and didn’t involve people, therefore reality, very much)
I have completely fallen in love with the musical and the character of Matilda.
Whether or not my uncle had seen the movie and knew about the character, I don’t know. But as a kid, Matilda and I had similar personality traits. (I have and had VERY loving parents, so that wasn’t it)
We were both brunette. We were both small. We were both quiet. We were both bookish…
this is where I get choked up, I’m teary over here
Matilda is courageous. Matilda stands up for what is right. Matilda doesn’t back down when someone she loves is being hurt or taken advantage of. (sometimes that person is herself) Matilda is stubborn. Matilda yearns for love and is loving in return.
full on tears, guys
Did he see those qualities in me? Did he see that I would stand up for my younger cousins when they were being picked on? Did he see the potential and value his petite, clumsy, and awkward niece?
I think he did.
He didn’t talk about his feelings. He wasn’t emotional. He wasn’t even overly demonstrative. (except to his youngest granddaughter Emily, who I was close to)
But he gave me a nickname… and whenever I hear Matilda, I think of him. I’m choosing to believe that he nicknamed me that after her, and that warms my heart.