Sunday, June 6, 2010

explaining love

I belong to a site that gives you a new mission each day.
Today's challenge was to share a favorite quote from a movie.
Not sure why, but I remembered a scene from the 1968 version of "Yours Mine and Ours".
In the movie a widow and widower with 18 children between them marry.
They are about to have their first child together.
The oldest daughter's boyfriend is pressing her to have sex, but telling her that if she really loves him, she will sleep with him.
Of course this comes up as, mom, Helen goes into labor.
Here's the wisdom that dad comes up with.
Can't say as I have ever heard it put better.

So here you go.

Colleen North: [Helen is about to have a baby] I know this is a terrible time to talk about it, but Larry says...
Frank Beardsley: I've got a message for Larry. You tell him this is what it's all about. This is the real happening. If you want to know what love really is, take a look around you.
HelenNorth: What are you two talking about?
Frank Beardsley: Take a good look at your mother.
HelenNorth: Not now!
Frank Beardsley: Yes, now.
[to Colleen]
Frank Beardsley: It's giving life that counts. Until you're ready for it, all the rest is just a big fraud. All the crazy haircuts in the world won't keep it turning. Life isn't a love in, it's the dishes and the orthodontist and the shoe repairman and... ground round instead of roast beef. And I'll tell you something else: it isn't going to a bed with a man that proves you're in love with him; it's getting up in the morning and facing the drab, miserable, wonderful everyday world with him that counts.
[Leaving the house, they say good-bye to the little kids]
Frank Beardsley: I suppose having 19 kids is carrying it a bit too far, but if we had it to do over who would we skip... you?
HelenNorth: [getting into the car] Thank you, Frank. I never quite knew how to explain it to her.
Frank Beardsley: If we don't get you to the hospital fast, the rest of it's going to be explained right here!

Stay tuned.........

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