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Flash Sob

I think I’m turning into Mighty Kymm, as I have noticed that watching flash mob videos tends to make me get choked up a little. I don’t know why. At first I thought it was because I just love the musical numbers in The Sound of Music, but then it happened again and again, even during that episode of Modern Family and I even had actual tears form when I watched the Prop 8 flash mob (mostly because I imagined them practicing it ahead of time, despite the possibility that it wouldn’t be overturned, although really they could have just used it as a protest flash mob in that case). The people just look so happy and so proud of themselves. It’s the magic of a group of random individuals pulling it off, having made so much effort and stepped outside of their comfort zone just for four minutes of uninterrupted joy. Even though I know the flash is going to happen and that the bystanders are going to be standing there, amazed and transfixed, I still get goosebumps when the tipping point occurs, when it becomes clear that there is a greater force at work here in this mall food court or Belgian train station.

This morning, I was surfing and found this, via Kim, and now I am officially a full blown sap, because I had actual tears streaming down my face. Multiples. It’s just gorgeous. Perfection. And while I’m certain that not everyone reacts to chorales the way that I do (I’m still embarrassed about the St. Paul’s Cathedral Incident), consider this your warning. And if you’re not a sap like me, it’s still a very joyful holiday break for a slow December Friday (and totally safe for work).


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  1. Kymm wrote:

    Ha! I love the fact that now weeping immediately at something that a lot of people don’t even think is sad is now thought of in some circles as “pulling a Kymm”.

    Friday, December 10, 2010 at 8:35 am | Permalink
  2. Angie wrote:

    Oh, good, it’s not just me 🙂 Our local news showed this the other night and I was crying like someone stole my candy!

    Friday, December 10, 2010 at 8:41 am | Permalink
  3. Allyson wrote:

    So, I’ve seen this all over facebook for weeks, but have never taken the time to click on it and watch. Thanks for posting this so I FINALLY watched. Don’t feel bad, I teared up and I DON’T cry at anything, EVER! This piece of music is just so beautiful and inspiring and I think it brings that out in us. All I could think was….I would DIE before I performed in a food court like that. I’m such a nerd, and I get wierded out UNLESS I’m actually on stage or in a show performing. So kudos to all of them.

    Friday, December 10, 2010 at 9:38 am | Permalink
  4. ladyloo wrote:

    There are totally some people in the crowd pulling Kymm’s as well.

    Friday, December 10, 2010 at 9:38 am | Permalink
  5. Kelly wrote:

    I love these Flash Mobs of the Hallelujah Chorus! I really hope to get caught in one someday and have the opportunity to sing along.

    Friday, December 10, 2010 at 9:49 am | Permalink
  6. Melinda wrote:

    Oh, I love that piece of music. And I love flash mobs. And holidays make me verklempt already so yeah, there’s the tears.

    Friday, December 10, 2010 at 10:14 am | Permalink
  7. Nancy wrote:

    Ah, a good happy and nostalgic weep was just what I needed. Hallelujhah Chorus and Ave Maria get me every time. Also love the flash mob concept, thanks Weet!

    Friday, December 10, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Permalink
  8. Halsted wrote:

    Yep, got me too.

    Friday, December 10, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Permalink
  9. Deb wrote:

    Goosebumps baby!

    Friday, December 10, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Permalink
  10. Kelley O wrote:

    I was (mostly) ok until the very end when they all put their hands up in the air…. where’s my kleenex box??? Oh, just use the sleeve. Beautiful stuff. Thanks, Weet. 🙂

    Friday, December 10, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Permalink
  11. Steph wrote:

    LOVED THIS. Tears were streaming. And for this American living in Australia for last six years, I’m not sure if it was Handel or that glimpse I got of A&Ws.

    Friday, December 10, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Permalink
  12. Catherine wrote:

    Unnecessarily snotty comment: I hate that people consider the Hallelujah Chorus a Christmas tune because, you know, it’s totally not.

    Relevant comment: I get super teary-eyed during everything ever. Particularly during teamwork type things. Like Flash Mobs. I keep hoping that because I live in NYC my odds of seeing one are greater. I guess I need to spend more time hanging around Grand Central or Union Square!

    Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 5:12 am | Permalink
  13. Linda wrote:

    We had ourselves a Handel flash mob at the mall just yesterday. I was pissed off because I had to work and missed it, but yours was nice, too.

    Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 5:21 am | Permalink
  14. Teralyne wrote:

    Iloved that and yes I admit tears too.

    Monday, December 13, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Permalink
  15. Jean wrote:

    Saw your tweet on peeling hard boiled eggs. I have the secret (besides the one advising you to use old? eggs). A friend told me about this years ago and it works like a charm every.single.time.

    Put the eggs in the freezer for a bit – I use large eggs and leave them in about 15 minutes. The cold shrinks the egg away from the shell! I bring them to a boil, turn off the heat and put a lid on the pan and leave them for another 10 minutes. Dump the hot water, bang them around in the pan a little to crack the shells some – make sure all of them get cracked and cover them with cold water.

    In 10 minutes or so – PERFECTLY EASY TO PEEL EGGS. WIth none of that green nonsense around the yolk, either.

    Very Truly Yours-
    A Wannabe Kitchen Goddess

    Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 10:31 am | Permalink

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