The Suitcase Lady


February 14, 2017, 8:54 pm

I love old fashioned movies where the romantic couple finds one another and lives happily ever after…….with each other.

Unfortunately, most modern romantic films don’t work that way any more. Two people do find each other, they do fall in love and they do find happiness in being together. But in the end they go their separate ways because each needs to become a super celebrity or another Steve Jobs. End of movie. Stardom wins. It’s all about the “me”.

The fatal flaw, the big lie in this type of movie is obvious: only one in a jillion of us is going to be a superstar. Most everyone is an average, ordinary person muddling through life. If we hitch our wagons to a celebrity star, we most likely will end up in an emotional black hole.

I am not against ambition, determination and achievement. But finding time for each other, those who make our lives rich and happy, those who love us, is equally important.

Since I’m a hopeless romantic and it is Valentines Day, I will end with this statement from President Jimmy Carter. “The best thing I ever did was marrying Rosalynn.”

After 70 years of marriage, this couple proves it’s possible to be partners and succeed in both love and work. And it is also worth noting that they both have retained a terrific sense of humor.

4 Comments for this entry

  • Audrey

    I love reading your Blog, Mary, because you are a romantic AND you see what is really important in life. Keep up the good work!
    P.S. I stopped in Plains, Georgia at the Carter museum in January and was impressed again with all that I have seen and read about this amazing couple!

  • Evie Robillard on Facebook

    Saw it twice. Delightful movie–but it made me feel sad for hours afterward . . . both times.

  • Marilyn Verick

    Thank you, Mary for that wonderful photo of true heroes.

  • Karen Little on Facebook

    Then again, movies and novels introduce us to stories that we’d never live, which is their purpose. I’d rather see an interesting story of “life goes on,” than, say, the reality of a story like Phil and Mine (50+ years and counting) that was interrupted by a ten year separation, then divorce, then remarriage and relocation to the East Coast. Yes the details might be fascinating to people who love being exposed to unusual twists and turns, but just like with the old-fashion 50s movies where the poor working girl always seemed to be wearing mink coats, I kinda like the idea that the main characters chose a life where they fly to stardom than about the struggles about love’s maintenance are highlighted. Just say’n . . .