When you cry manly tears of manliness
Lets face it: we've all had one of those moments when watching a show, a movie or perhaps one of your kids and that one little tear of emotion comes out forcing you to say something like "Damnit, that allergy thing is acting up again." to regain a little of your manliness. Don't kid yourself, you've been there. And if you really haven't, please see a psychiatrist as soon as possible.
It has happened to me one more than one occasion, but this week it came up once more as I was watching Forrest Gump with this girl. She had never seen it and it's been so long since I've seen it that I can't really remember what happens in it (except "Something bit me in the butt-ocks!" You just don't forget that). Anyway, at the very end of the movie, when the feather is floating away, I just couldn't help myself and a little tear came out. I was horrified at first and desperately thinking of a way to explain this one("Allergy? No, indoors. Mosquito bite? No, to wimpy. Gnarly fighting wound acting up again? No, might need to show non-existent scar."), but turns out I didn't need to. This girl apparently likes men who can be a little emotional at times and I think it really helped me out.*
Another one I remember is the Battlestar Galactica episode Flight of the Phoenix. When they unveil the Blackbird at the end and you see that they've named it Laura, I just couldn't stop it. Something about how Mary McDonnell handles that scene is just beautiful.
So, what are your stories of manly tears?
[size=6]*Why, yes, I did get lucky that night. Thank you for asking.[/size]