I would really like to know how you feel about this video:
My husband emailed it to me, saying it reminded him of our daughter and the time we also made her say goodbye to her binky. I know there are people who believe that she would have given it up on her own when she was good and ready, but she was already 3 and growing more attached by the second. We didn't do it cold turkey though. It was a gradual process, but she was still looking for it the time we made its disappearance final. I remember telling my husband I was going to take time off from my work to focus on helping Marguerite cope with the parting from her binky (that could mean mega-drama at bedtime, which meant exhaustion on my part). All in all, it wasn't as painful or difficult as we had expected it to be. There were tears, but Marguerite got over it quickly.
Anyway, my husband thought the video was funny. I guess in concept it was supposed to be funny, something like a parody. It broke my heart though. I'm not going to comment on the wisdom of the "fanfare" and the enduring effect it may have on the child. Other people have already done that. And it seems the balloon send-off is quite common, so the merits and whatnots of the process will simply have to be discussed elsewhere.
We made the mistake of letting Marguerite watch it on Mark's phone. She finished watching the video before bursting into tears, which made me follow suit (well, just tears rolling down and not actual sobbing like Marguerite). I was really amazed at the empathy. Of course, she could totally relate anyway, but it has been almost a year since she bade her own binky goodbye. Whatever the binky may be - whether little ones shouldn't be using it anyway - it's still something of a friend (not to mention a powerful force). Expect sweet sorrow at the parting.
I'm just really curious to know how different people react to the video. Do most men find it funny, while most women find it sad? Is it just the moms? Or just the moms who had to deal with goodbyes to a binky? Or just the bleeding hearts? I'd like to know.