Late Valentine's post so don't be confused if my tenses are different! (I went a lot overboard with this post so be prepared!) Ah, it's Valentine's Day which means love is in the air! The cheesy cards, over-sized teddy bears, and the box of chocolates that won't last a day. I'm a sucker for anything romantic. I am admittedly a hopeless romantic and even if I know it's a Hallmark holiday it's a holiday I can't help but love. So in celebration I wanted to share some great books, movies, quotes, and music on this magical day of love (I know I'm so cheesy). There's actually another special event that happened today which is actually why this post is really late. My new cousin was born today. I got to hold her. She's teeny tiny without her blanket. Every time there is a new baby the adults, especially my mother, tries to figure out who the baby looks like. I really can't tell but you can tell just by looking at her with her pretty lips and eyelashes that she's a girl. She's so lucky. She's going to have one of the greatest birthdays with (I'm sure) lots of pink to her future birthday themes. I hope you all had a relaxed, fun filled day. Happy Valentine's Day!
Falling in Love with Books: Sweet Romances to Cherish
Shug by Jenny Han
How Not to be Popular
I must mention Jack and if you don't know who he is just know he's my ultimate fictional boyfriend. No one can compare to Jack. He's this complete goody two shoes that has such heart. I melt just thinking about him. Maggie doesn't want her heartbroken by meeting new friends and then moving like she always does so she sets up a plan to have no friends by basically dressing outrageously and hanging out with the nerdy kids. Her plan backfires of course. She learns to trust her feelings and fall in love with Jack. It's a really sweet romance like all of these other books here. It's a teen book but the love is just so obvious and genuine. There is no bad boy. You don't feel the slightest bit weary of their love for each other. It's perfect. Her feelings towards Jack might seem to her complicated but really it's not at all. It's simple and wonderful and Jack just makes me swoon.
I wrote you 365 letters. I wrote you everyday for a year.
Yes... it wasn't over, it still isn't over."
Bender- "Remember how you said your parents use you to get back at each other?"
Bender-" Wouldn't I be OUTSTANDING in that capacity?"
"I'm gonna treat you so nice, you're never gonna let me go."
"You'll lose everything. Family, place. For what? A lifetime of drudgery on a pittance? A child every year and no means to lighten the load? How will you write, Jane?"
"I do not know, but happiness is within my grasp and I cannot help myself."
"There is no sense in this."
"If you could have your Robert back, even like this, would you do it?"
"People who truly loved once are far more likely to love again. Sam, do you think there's someone out there you could love as much as your wife?"
"Well, Dr. Marcia Fieldstone, that's hard to imagine."
"What are you going to do?"
"Well, I'm gonna get out of bed every morning... breathe in and out all day long. Then, after a while I won't have to remind myself to get out of bed every morning and breathe in and out... and, then after a while, I won't have to think about how I had it great and perfect for a while."
"Tell me what was so special about your wife?"
"Well, how long is your program? Well, it was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together... and I knew it. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home... only to no home I'd ever known... I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like... magic."
"The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return."
"I understand you've been an inspiration to Ben in more ways than one. And I must say, you look rather inspired yourself. There isn't a diamond it the room that sparkles like a woman in love."
"Oh, no, no. I'm not in love."
"No? I guess I was mistaken."
"No, no. I mean... I've only known him for ten days... You can't... I can't be..."
"You know when I said I knew little about love? That wasn't true. I know a lot about love. I've seen it, centuries and centuries of it, and it was the only thing that made watching your world bearable. All those wars. Pain, lies, hate... It made me want to turn away and never look down again. But when I see the way that mankind loves... You could search to the furthest reaches of the universe and never find anything more beautiful. So yes, I know that love is unconditional. But I also know that it can be unpredictable, unexpected, uncontrollable, unbearable and strangely easy to mistake for loathing, and... What I'm trying to say, Tristan is... I think I love you. Is this love, Tristan? I never imagined I'd know it for myself. My heart... It feels like my chest can barely contain it. Like it's trying to escape because it doesn't belong to me any more. It belongs to you. And if you wanted it, I'd wish for nothing in exchange - no gifts. No goods. No demonstrations of devotion. Nothing but knowing you loved me too. Just your heart, in exchange for mine."
"You know, sometimes I wonder..."
"Well... if I hadn't been Fox Books and you hadn't been The Shop Around the Corner, and you and I had just, well, met..."
"Yeah. I would have asked for your number, and I wouldn't have been able to wait twenty-four hours before calling you and saying, "Hey, how about... oh, how about some coffee or, you know, drinks or dinner or a movie... for as long as we both shall live?"
"And you and I would have never been at war. And the only thing we'd fight about would be which video to rent on a Saturday night."
"Well, who fights about that?"
"Well, some people. Not us."
"We would never."
[pause] "I gotta go."
"Well, let me ask you something. How can you forgive this guy for standing you up and not forgive me for this tiny little thing of... of putting you out of business?"
[Kathleen starts to cry]
"Oh, how I wish you would."
"I really have to go."
"Yeah, well... you don't want to be late."
"Hi. You remember the other day when you were talking about missing things from life and, uh... and how you wanted to go back and I told you I didn't miss anything?"
"Well... when I'm here... with you, I kind of miss myself the way I used to be."
"What were you like? I was... I was happy at a time. Obviously before I came here, but..."
"Something about being here with you reminds me of that. It's just, I don't know, it's just weird to me that you can feel that in a place like this. We're all... We're all dead."
"You know what? Most of the people that I knew before I got here were either half dead or just completely dead already. You know, completely dead. And you're doing pretty good, Zia."
"You think so?"