Bruce Garrett Cartoon
The Cartoon Gallery

A Coming Out Story
A Coming Out Story

My Photo Galleries
New and Improved!

Past Web Logs
The Story So Far archives

My Amazon.Com Wish List

My Myspace Profile

Bruce Garrett's Profile
Bruce Garrett's Facebook profile

Blogs I Read!

Wayne Besen

Box Turtle Bulletin

Daily Kos

Mike Daisy's Blog

The Disney Blog

Disney Gossip

Brad DeLong

Dispatches From The Culture Wars

Epcot Explorer's Encyclopedia

Envisioning The American Dream


Ex-Gay Watch


Joe. My. God

Made In Brazil

Peterson Toscano

Progress City USA




Fear the wrath of Sparky!

Truth Wins Out Blog

Wil Wheaton

Gone But Not Forgotten

The Rittenhouse Review

Steve Gilliard's News Blog

Steve Gilliard's Blogspot Site

Great Cartoon Sites!

Howard Cruse Central

Tripping Over You
Tripping Over You


Commando Cody Monthly

Scandinavia And The World

Dope Rider

The World Of Kirk Anderson

Ann Telnaes' Cartoon Site

Bors Blog

John K

Penny Arcade

Other News & Commentary

Amtrak In The Heartland

Corridor Capital

Railway Age

Maryland Weather Blog

Foot's Forecast

All Facts & Opinions

Baltimore Crime



Page One Q
(GLBT News)

Michelangelo Signorile

The Smirking Chimp

Talking Points Memo

Truth Wins Out

The Raw Story


International News & Views


NIS News Bulletin (Dutch)

Mexico Daily

The Local (Sweden)

News & Views from Germany

Spiegel Online

The Local

Deutsche Welle

Young Germany

Fun Stuff

It's not news. It's FARK

Plan 59

Pleasant Family Shopping

Discount Stores of the 60s


Photos of the Forgotten


Comics With Problems

HMK Mystery Streams

Mercedes Love!

Mercedes-Benz USA

Mercedes-Benz TV

Mercedes-Benz Owners Club of America

MBCA - Greater Washington Section


Mercedes-Benz Blog

BenzWorld Forum

April 8th, 2018

Funny How Shadows On A Silver Screen Can Thoroughly Destroy You…And Yet Lift You Up…

Also on Twitter the other day…

Bright Wall/Dark Room? @BWDRFollowFollow
What’s the very first movie that broke your heart?

Oh gosh…not even slightly hard to recall. For lots of folks my age it’s Old Yeller. But my first serious movie heartbreak was The Yearling. I was maybe 9 or 10 when I watched it on TV.

Broke my heart twice it did…


…but then I went and read the novel anyway and got my heart broken all over again. But that was the book that gave me the insight into how multi-layered stories can be. I was in elementary school and pulling books from the big kid’s side of the library where I was told I was too young to really appreciate them. I nabbed a copy of the novel with the amazing N.C. Wyeth illustrations and devoured it. As I read that tragic end I suddenly realized that the title of the book referred to the boy, not the deer, and it felt like a revelation. Suddenly the world of books became larger, infinite even. 

So when it came time to write my book report on it I put all that into it, and the demented bully of a teacher I had for that class accused me of having my mom write the report for me and gave me an F, because how could a boy my age possibly understand that. Mom was furious and brought to a teacher-parent meeting the radio I had just built from parts to show her I was smarter than she thought. But no…I was the child of a single divorced mother and that made me by definition a problem child and both of us had to be punished for it.

Third heartbreak then. But I never gave up the joy of reading. That epiphany was too much to let go of. I’m 64 years old and my house is full of books.

2 Responses to “Funny How Shadows On A Silver Screen Can Thoroughly Destroy You…And Yet Lift You Up…”

  1. Bob C Says:

    I absolutely hate this. I of course had very different circumstances (Big family, no single parent,etc) BUT for a bunch of stupid reasons that had very little to do with me and a whole lot to do with adults who couldnt cope and deal with things that went outside the lines or charts, whenever I turned in passing homework, I got accused of cheating somehow. Because I just wasnt supposed to be smart according to their charts and ideas about things. But my Mom never took my side or defended me, not once, not ever. In fact she would usually AGREE with the teacher and say “Yes, Bob probably cheated…..somehow.”. The best my Mom could muster was “He’s not stupid, he just doesnt apply himself”.
    And yep, after a few rounds of that at the school I certainly did stop “Applying myself”. And stopped turning in ANY homework: I was damned if I did, and damned if i didnt from the moment before I even started, so why should I waste the effort when there were radios and rockets and gee-gaws to be built from scratch instead of learnin’ things?

    I think your Mom got an A.

  2. Bruce Says:

    I'm sorry about your mom's attitude. For what it's worth, that was the static I got from most, but not all, of my mon’s side of the family tree. I was my father's son, therefore I was going to be trouble. Stinkin' Rotten Good For Nothing Garrett Just Like Your Pap was grandma's favorite name for me. But after mom exploded on her once (and boy that's a story) she stop saying it to me in front of her.

    I know how that is about loosing interest in school when they keep pushing you into that low expectations cubbyhole. I was nearly completely out of it myself until I got into the high school I did and everything turned around.

    Something I noticed in retrospect, looking at my old report cards, was I got barely passing grades with most teachers I had, but from the few who I remember taking an actual interest in me I got A's, or B's at least. Mostly those were my Art and my Science class teachers. Woodward I guess, was small enough and its teachers professional enough that they looked at me as an individual kid and not a point on a social spectrum. Whatever the reason I flourished there, though it took a long while for me to come out of my shell. At my last class reunion I had classmates coming up to me and telling me how happy it made them to see me really opening up in my senior year.

Visit The Woodward Class of '72 Reunion Website For Fun And Memories,

What I'm Currently Reading...

What I'm Currently Watching...

What I'm Currently Listening To...

Comic Book I've Read Recently...


This page and all original content copyright © 2015 by Bruce Garrett. All rights reserved. Send questions, comments and hysterical outbursts to:

This blog is powered by WordPress and is hosted at MomoWeb. Some custom design was done by Winters Web Works. Some embedded content was created with the help of Adobe Photoshop for MacOS and/or The Gimp. I proof with Firefox on either Windows, Linux or MacOS depending on which machine I happen to be running at the time.