Much to the astonishment of everyone I have ever met, I am embracing a new found devotion to romance movies. The cheesier the better. Harry and Sally and You Had Me at Hello, sit front row and centre with me and my new found obsession.
This addiction is largely out of character for my cynical self. Half of my brain is saying “what the fuck is wrong with you,” while the other half - the impressionable, ingénue, Scarlet O’Hara half - couldn’t be happier. Mazel tov! Aguri! And pass the champagne because we’re thirsty.
Does it matter if it stems from my growing apathy towards what life is selling, or if I am actually turning over a new leaf? Whatever the motivation for this fresh faced hobby, I’m seeing it through. I’m looking for clues on how to sustain a sweet life in fantasy land, and I think I’ve found my ticket. Good things can happen in Candyland. Women feel good about their decisions and the men, well, they look great.
Why would you actually prefer to live in the ghetto of realism when you can own on the inspirational streets of fantasy? Why would anyone ever not want to believe that 100 fresh roses could show up at your door “just because”. Or that a bathtub full of warm water and essential oils (or cash) awaits you upon return from your shitty job?
A blank canvas of hope in 120 minutes or less. I’ll buy it. It’s the positive side of the equation. I’m peering over the white picket fence from negativity and I like what I see. Characters never complain of boredom in the movies. You’ll never hear, “I dunno by the time I get home from work, change, eat and take a shower, it will be too late to meet up,” a line that permeates most lives. In Candyland people make shit happen, and in such a short time, en plus.
As a die hard romantic who rarely lets it show, I’m putting an end to my days in contempt. But soft through yonder window breaks without hope or agenda and just because it’s Christmas I’m just a girl standing in front of a guy asking him to love her as you wish, and I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees outside…Welcome.