I recently watched The Hunger Games with my family. I read the books prior to watching the movie and was impressed with how much the movie resembled the book.
I don’t cry at movies. I don’t like people watching me cry if a movie is deep. But when I saw Rue die, I just burst into tears.
Rue was Katniss‘s little shadow. After Rue saved her life, Katniss watched over her and protected her like a little sister, and when she died, it broke her heart.
It also broke my heart because Rue reminded me of someone I know…
We all have a Rue. Someone who is younger than you and is your little shadow. It can be a younger brother, sister, a friend, a girlfriend/boyfriend… Someone who you will kill for, and fight for when being bullied.
For me it is my little sister. When I first read the books, the way they described Rue was just like my little sister. Small, flexible, and agile. And when I watched the movie, I couldn’t help think about my little sister. When she died, it made me cry so hard.
Think about it… What if that ONE person you will always protect just left you one day. I could not imagine my life without her.
I have had a Rue in my life. I met her at church a while back, and when I got to know her, I knew nothing could separate us. The more I knew her, the more I felt protective over her. She was my little shadow.
Then I got kicked out of church. Told to not come back. Her parents told me not to speak to her again, and I have never heard from her since…
I still cry when I think about her, and when I was crying watching Katniss singing to Rue, I thought about her.
A Rue is meant to stay in your life for a certain time. They aren’t supposed to stay with you forever. They are meant to leave a mark on your heart, and leave. Teach a lesson, and go…
Maybe you have had a few Rue’s in your life. Maybe you haven’t met that person yet. But I know that I am going to go against the grain, change the rules, and never lose My Little Rue…. My little sister will never leave me… But if it is meant to be… Then it is.
“Deep in the meadow, under the willow
A bed of grass, a soft green pillow
Lay down your head, and close your eyes
And when they open, the sun will rise.”