Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Email to Nora Ephron

"The fact that you're not answering leads me to believe you're either (a) not at home, (b) home but don't want to talk to me, or (c) home, desperately want to talk to me, but trapped under something heavy. If it's either (a) or (c), please call me back" .

As I've said before many times, my sisters and I can have entire conversations filled with movie quotes.

With the sad news we received yesterday of Nora Ephron's passing, I immediately started mentally running through everything she's written / directed that became a permanent part of my life. Those conversations with my sisters are usually based on quotes from movies that Nora was involved with. In an email to my "girls club", I asked, in despair, "Who is going to write and direct movies that give me movie quotes I say every single day? WHO is going to make movies starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan that change my life and way of thinking about the very tapestry of love? Sigh."

Guys, I'm here to tell you. Make fun of us all you want, that we "watch You've Got Mail a hundred times!" or, "haven't you seen Sleepless in Seattle a thousand times already?!", but if you want to get the girl, take note from Sam Baldwin or Joe Fox (eff oh ex), they know what true romance is. They may not at first, because why would a movie have all of the questions answered at the beginning? You would be leaving the theatre before the popcorn was all gone.

I know that I'm not likely to have the 12 year old son of a widowed father become my pen-pal from great distances away, only to then eventually meet him and his father at the top of the Empire State Building, wherein happily ever after awaits. I know that. But, isn't it fun to think of it anyway? Isn't it allowed to want to own a quaint little bookstore in New York City called The Shop Around the Corner, that looks oh-so-inviting on a Fall afternoon? For me, reading a Nora Ephron book, or watching a movie based on that book, was a very happy place I could always go to make my day better.

"It was like going home. Only, to no home I'd ever known".
See? Her words stick.

I DO want to get bouquets of freshly sharpened pencils in September because the new school year has begun. I DO want to fill my apartment with vases of fresh daisies because they "are the friendliest flower". And I DO believe that "when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible" .

In a text this morning from my Mom; "I'm so sorry to hear of Nora Ephrons passing, she was one of my favorites. Though, she will never know".

I'm hoping she does know now.

Hey Nora....."you've got mail"

RIP my friend, we already miss you.


PS On "Success", Nora was quoted as saying "Most of us live our lives devoid of cinematic moments". While this may be true, I try to add cinematic moments to my days. It IS Breakfast at Tiffany's after all.
See you soon!


Serenity said...

Oh my gosh - love this. An email to Nora Ephron - YOU ARE BRILL. That's beautiful. She was beautiful. Her movies are beautiful. And, oh, the cinematic moments. We gotta grab 'em for ourselves, don't we? Because they are there. :)

Anonymous said...

So wonderful. I love Nora's movies too. And YES to the cinematic moments.

Felicity said...

Love, love, love, love, love.

Tiffany said...

Thank you girls so much for stopping by! I had to watch You've Got Mail last night to remind myself why I loved Nora, that movie will never get old. =)