In the interest of being honest, I will admit that I have shared this quote before, but it’s been like, nine years, and it’s been on mind a lot recently. I’m not even sure why…maybe I keep thinking about it in terms of life returning to “normal?” Because it definitely seems like some people/places are carrying on as if COVID-19 never happened, while I feel like “everything will never be the same again!”
“We’re almost there, but nowhere near it. All that matters is that we’re going.” Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore in Gilmore Girls
Recently, the children and I were talking about what constitutes good, appropriate topics for polite conversation. Whenever we discuss this, a quote from Linus in It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown always comes up:
“There are three things that I’ve learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.”
Of course, the follow-up question is always, “What are you supposed to talk about, then?” This quote from Emily Gilmore on Gilmore Girls sums it up pretty well (and the older I get, the more I think she was right!)!
“Now, Charlotte, when the conversation lags, a good guest ought to be prepared to introduce a new topic. Keep it light — no politics, no religion. My little trick? Think of things in the middle three sections of the Sunday New York Times — travel, arts & leisure, Sunday styles — and forget the rest of the paper exists.”
I couldn’t not think of this exchange from Gilmore Girls this morning in church while Moose was being confirmed. I was pretty close to blubbering!
Sookie St. James: Not crying, right?
Lorelai Gilmore: Not crying. Keeping our cool so we don’t miss anything.
Sookie St. James: Tears get in your eyes.
Lorelai Gilmore: And you miss things.
Sookie St. James: So we’re not crying.
Lorelai Gilmore: Not crying.
Sookie St. James: [to Jackson] Not crying.
Jackson Belleville: Not crying.
Jackson Belleville: [to Luke] Not crying.
Luke Danes: What?
Lorelai Gilmore: No crying.
Luke Danes: I’m not crying.
Sookie St. James: Uh, oh …
Lorelai Gilmore: Hang in there.
Sookie St. James: Not crying.
Lorelai Gilmore: Crying a little.
Sookie St. James: Crying a little, but not blubbering. That’s what we meant when we said no crying. No blubbering.
Sookie St. James: On the verge of blubbering here.
Jackson Belleville: Not doing too well myself.
Lorelai Gilmore: [to Luke] Not you, too.
Luke Danes: I’m blubbering. You’re freaks!
This has been our every Valentine’s Day, for as long as I can remember…and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
“Well, after I finish up here, I’ll go home, and Jackson, wonderful man that he is, will have made a lovely meal and opened up a bottle of Syrah and lit a candle. And then he and the kids and I will have a nice, romantic meal together.” Melissa McCarthy as Sookie St. James on Gilmore Girls
This pretty much sums up my feelings on writing your own wedding vows…why mess with a good thing? I don’t get why people always assume they can improve on old traditions!
Now, as far as the vows go. They can be traditional, or you can write your own, which seems to be the style nowadays, although if you ask me it’s rather garish. Cecily Pendelem’s daughter actually promised to cook her husband lasagna once a month. Who wants to hear the word “lasagna” at a wedding? Kelly Bishop as Emily Gilmore on Gilmore Girls