There are not many things in this world that make me cry, and more often than not I don’t cry consistently when such things are presented at different times. More often than not the following ingredients/components need to be in place first:
1) Lack of sleep. Anything less than 7 hours of sleep over a period of days causes a volatile solution of emotion. It could be up one minute, and down the next.
2) A bad day. This involves either one seriously bad event or a series of small, successive ones.
3) A situation of huge instability, where stress levels are heightened, eg. a new day at work, etc, where there is pressure on you to perform and you don’t know how to achieve said performance, or a huge worry over something that could happen that you have no control over.
Now, sometimes, without 1), component 2) or 3) would not cause me to cry. Other times, component 3) or component 2) could conclude in afore-mentioned result without component 1). So, as I said, it’s not consistent.
However, there is one thing that will make me cry. Always.
Yep. A TV show. But not just any TV show. If you haven’t had the amazing opportunity to watch this yet, make time. I’m currently watching (year-old) episodes on LivingStyle TV or whatever its called, 1500 hours.
Extreme Makeover is a show that follows a set structure:
– A family, usually in extremely difficult situations, is chosen to have their home (and lives) completely turned around. Situations often involve families with members who have disabilities, or who have lost a loved one, or who do a lot of charity work that causes their homes to go neglected due to lack of monetary funds etc.
– The family are then sent on an amazing holiday somewhere incredibly luxurious, which is often the first time, or the first time in years, that they have been able to go away.
– The team set about renovating and redesigning their homes, keeping in mind the various needs of the family members.
– One presenter (Tye) chooses a special project, often a child’s room, to do secretly away from the cameras.
– The family return, and have to stand across the road with a huge bus in the road blocking their view… it’s then rolled away and the family go crazy. Usually.
Now, you might be wondering why this show makes someone cry. Well, it’s usually at the end during the unveiling tour with the family, and any tears on the TV make it certain there will be some across on the sofa. The sight of someone being blessed so unconditionally, and seeing how much care and attention is put into the projects, just touches my heart. So awesome!
I guess, with TV deteriorating so rapidly, you fall in love with these little gems so much more. I know for a fact that this show causes other people to cry as well, you can probably guess a few.
One rerun they showed today was of a family of 3, in which the father had died, leaving a mother with two sons, had had builders in to renovate their home. The builder, however, after completely stripping the place so that there was nothing left, then messing up really badly – (I can’t remember why) – so that the mother had been sleeping on a sofa for years, and had no kitchen left to do any cooking in or anything, and no money with which to have the damage repaired. Then they completely redid the place, knocking down and rebuilding a lot of it, and making bedrooms for all of them. The one kid wanted to become an actor, so they made pillows out of material used in the Lion King production, and a strip of carpet from one of the major theatres…awesome. Tye did the mom’s bedroom, so she’d finally have a proper place to rest. A sancturay.
Ah, the tears! Even watching some of the clips on the website make my eyes water…!
On a different note:
The awesome US equivelent of Hillsong United. They don’t make me cry. They’re just awesome.