Saturday, November 27, 2010

Greatest Best Man Speech of All Time

I know my marriage would survive the test of time if our best man gave this speech at the reception.

Why has no one thought of this before? People should be giving this speech at graduations, baptisms, grand openings, birthday parties, and seances.

Speaking of forever, can I just say that the love of Ellie and Carl in Up pretty much annihilates me every time I watch the movie. We should all be so lucky. If you haven't seen Up...well, what the hell is wrong with you? It's possibly the sweetest movie ever made. I've never experienced a movie that has me bawling like a mental patient after the first ten minutes. Think about that! What other movie have you seen that can take you to a place that completely raw and defenseless in ten minutes? And not just whimpering, or misty eyed, not a single tear NO. BAWLING. Near hysteria. Annihilated.

Of course the only movie that ever came close...or made me cry so many times throughout...was The Color Purple. And I only realized that The Color Purple got to me for very specific reasons. I saw it at a time when my best friend, who I loved so dearly and completely, had been ripped away from me for over a year at that point. So when Mister drives Nettie away from Celie, of course I lost my mind. And when they reunited? Jesus jumped a flaming car. Sheer mania, total breakdown.

So it makes sense that Up gets to me. Carl isn't much like my grandpa, but he's a grampa to me, still. And grampas who lose their livelong loves? I've seen it firsthand. After all, I was there when they turned off the machines. It's a terrible, terrible thing. But you want that grampa to go on. And I remember my own grampa driving me back to college after all of the sadness of this loss. At one point during the trip we put on the Andrews Sisters. When "Rum and Coca Cola" came on, I caught my grampa doing the cutest little shoulder shake along with the music. And it made me SO HAPPY, for once in that black time, because it gave me hope that he would be okay. My grampa didn't go on the wild adventures that Carl experienced, but he did move on, live his life, get remarried, and had more good times and laughs after.

So when Carl moves on? Joy! And more sobbing. Because it's life affirming...and, well, I'm unstable.


Blogger Flushy McBucketpants said...

Seriously though. Up is amazing. Truly. Also not to be overlooked is the short right before Up—Partly Cloudy.

5:16 AM  
Blogger Shiny said...

Oh My God. SO FREAKING CUTE!!! Thanks, Will. <3

11:45 PM  

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