Were these tears of joy or sorrow?

Hi all, I hope everybody is having a fantastic summer. I came across this video just a little while ago, and it occured to me to ask for your feedback. In particular, if there is a shrink in the house that would be fantastic. Here is my question: is this little boy crying tears of joy or tears of sorrow? He sure doesn’t look happy to me. Everybody and their dog is saying how great this is, but he just doesn’t look happy to me at all. He’s almost sobbing, isn’t he? What do you think?

 

JJ

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14 Responses to Were these tears of joy or sorrow?

  1. MLHMLH says:

    I think that he is really confused and that is scary for him.

  2. ctlaw says:

    For the next 10 years, that kid will be tormented by his peers over this. Then, all of a sudden, it will help him get chicks.

  3. TKC1101TKC1101 says:

    At first I would think he is feeling the loss of his birth mom. Then I see he is reaching out and hugging his new step mother. I think he was just overwhelmed with the moment.

    He is just a little guy in a big setting and got scared. No shrink needed. He seems to want to be comforted by the right people.

    I sensed no anger, no hostility on his part.

  4. 10 Cents10 Cents says:

    JJ, I think you set up a false choice, sorrow or joy. Most little children at weddings feel fear of a new situation. Little boys are not into the funny clothes or bring in front of people. They also feel the anxiety of those around them.

    My guess is that he does not understand why he is there and has stage fright.

    JJ, how do you interpret this? Do you feel joy or sorrow?

    I don’t like divorce. Not. At. All. BUT sometimes it is an option that needs to be taken. At those proper times we must all encourage and uplift. Don’t shoot the wounded.

  5. 10 Cents10 Cents says:

    Typo: “bring in front” should be “being in front”.

  6. JJJJ says:

    So it appears that I’m the only one here who thinks he looks sad.

    I wasn’t intending to set up a false dichotomy, I set it up the way it was presented to me. This video was making the rounds on my FB feed and I was pretty astonished at how many people just assumed he felt happy and that he was crying tears of joy. Lots of comments to that effect.

    I even found the video on the GMA FB page, and it turns out that the mom had left a comment there to say what a great gal the new step mom is. She made no remarks as to the boy’s emotional state. I left a comment for her, asking if he was crying tears of joy or not. She never responded but she might not have seen it. There were a lot of responses to her comment.

    • 10 Cents10 Cents says:

      I remember being a small boy at the last moment filling in for a ring boy. I had no rehearsal and was confused. I cried and complained to my mom I didn’t want to be part of this.

      I think the new step-mom was not thinking of the son but the ceremony. Things like that should happen in private in my opinion.

  7. ctlaw says:

    If there is a divorce situation, birth mom must be really pissed off.

  8. RightAnglesRightAngles says:

    People who publicize images of little boys crying should be put in jail.

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