Emotional Overflow – an attempted Explanation

Not too long ago, the girls were finishing watching a season finale of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.  If you’ve got daughters or know any Bronies (google it if you must), you know the show is actually quite good, and it’s not terribly surprising that the writing could dig a little deeper even than just capturing the imagination of young viewers.

It was a climactic moment, one in which Twilight Sparkle underwent a transformation and became an Alicorn and a princess – a very big deal, after proving her worth through various trials and events.  As the episode was nearing an end, I came into the room and Avery looked at me.  She said, completely incredulously, “Mommy, I’m so happy that I almost started to cry!”

I explained that I, too, do that sometimes.  “Isn’t that interesting,” I continued, “that we cry when we’re sad and when we’re happy?”

“Why do we do that?” she asked.

Good question, right?  The best answer I could come up with was something vague about being so filled up with emotions that they spill out in the form of tears.

I’m reminded of this tonight as I watch Nolan’s First Year slideshow for the umpteenth time.  I’m so overwhelmed with gratitude for these three precious miracles, and tonight especially for the one we’ll celebrate this week!