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Three Little Words: "Man and wife"

I've never been too much of a movie watcher (probably because I've always had the attention span of a small harried squirrel when it comes to that sort of activity). But The Princess Bride is the only movie I can watch repeatedly without developing a serious case of boredom. There's just something about the combination of hilarity and whimsy that pulls me in time and time again. I realize it is a satire, no one would ever subject their daughter to having the name "Buttercup", and, come on, the rats don't even remotely look authentic. But I don't care. I laugh without shame at the antics of the drunken Inigo, tear up whenever Wesley whispers, "as you wish", and dance around my living-room in my underwear waving an imaginary weapon during the epic sword fights. (I'll let you decide whether that last bit is truth or a slight exaggeration).

One of my favorite scenes is the one where the poor priest with the speech impediment is conducting the forced marriage of Buttercup and Humperdink. I dare any one of you to lie and say you don't laugh when he says, "wove, true wove will fowwow you forever." At the end of the scene, Humperdink forces the priest to skip to the end and say "man and wife."

Man and wife… Three little words that evoke powerful emotions in most people, some of which are not so warm and positive. As my fiancé and I plan for our wedding and our future together, these are words we've pondered a lot. My family (God bless them) is not necessarily the perfect picture of the commitment these words imply. In fact, at my sister's wedding, there was only one couple on our side of the family that was still on their first marriage. When this was brought up to my dad at the rehearsal dinner, his response was, "Well, they've got to have something to tell their shrink." (It's ok to laugh at that. I did).

In spite of my family's shoddy record at this thing called commitment, I still find it is important to me. I think we all, deep down, like the idea of a solid bond that weathers the storms of life. To me, "man and wife" means hard work, silly fights about rug purchases, family vacations, smiles, dirty diapers, dinner dates, long walks, tears, taxes, support, choices, and, yes, true love. "Man and wife" are words that reach across the next fifty plus years of our lives together, touching the other side where we are older, wiser and a little better looking than we are now (I look really good in gray).

Some say this idea of marriage is going out of style, but I don't think so. Love can penetrate the heart of the hardest cynic and can bend a nonbeliever's will. It changed me and I know I'm not the first or the last to experience such a transformation.

Hopefully the next time you watch this classic film, you'll remember my powerful observations about love. Either that or you will be forever scarred by the image of me prancing around in my underoos.

Only time will tell.

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noodledays
Oct. 30th, 2011 11:02 pm (UTC)
I loved the humor in this. I mean, really loved it. :D
____hejira
Oct. 31st, 2011 03:45 am (UTC)
Thanks. I was nervous since I'm not really known for my humorous prose. :) I appreciate the comment.
from_the_pit
Oct. 31st, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
So much fun!
____hejira
Oct. 31st, 2011 03:46 am (UTC)
I am glad you like it. I'm always nervous about writing humor since I tend to be more of a tear jerker.
soprano1790
Oct. 31st, 2011 05:49 am (UTC)
I adore the Princess Bride. It is hysterical. I like how you made a connection between that and real life. I never would have thought of that. :)
imafarmgirl
Oct. 31st, 2011 02:38 pm (UTC)
I haven't even seen the movie which I realize is unbelievable. I like your ideas of what the words man and wife represent though.
solstice_singer
Oct. 31st, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC)
No fair! I'm seriously out of touch with you. Who is the lucky guy, and when is the date? Do tell. Inquiring minds, and out of touch friends, and all that.

You have a lot of really great insights into what love and marriage mean. Nicely written.
poppetawoppet
Nov. 1st, 2011 01:53 am (UTC)
:D

Edited at 2011-11-01 01:53 am (UTC)
copyright1983
Nov. 1st, 2011 02:41 am (UTC)
May I steal this icon?

Also, great entry!
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muchtooarrogant
Nov. 1st, 2011 02:43 am (UTC)
Aw, I love that movie! Great entry, and personally, I believe the bit about dancing in your underwear is true. *grin*

Dan
sonophax
Nov. 1st, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)
Cute and optimistic(much like the Princess Bride)!
bewize
Nov. 1st, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed this. Thanks for writing it!
xreesex
Nov. 1st, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
I lost my virginity while watching Princess Bride, so it has always held a lot of meaning for me ;)

Nice post!
basric
Nov. 1st, 2011 04:05 am (UTC)
Well done (=
sweeny_todd
Nov. 1st, 2011 06:37 am (UTC)
(I'll let you decide whether that last bit is truth or a slight exaggeration).
truth! how could it be any other way? I mean, you are watching the princess bride!!

nice link to your own tale :-)
minnesattva
Nov. 1st, 2011 11:19 am (UTC)
People never say "woman and husband," though, do they? :)
dslartoo
Nov. 1st, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
"The Princess Bride" was the only book my mother ever actually MADE me read. My voracious appetite for books usually meant she only had to recommend something to me and I would eat it up, but for some reason when she told me about that one it didn't seem interesting. So I kept putting it off, and finally she gave me a library copy and said I really ought to read it. Like, now.

And I read it, and of course I loved it, and I yelled at her for not making me read it sooner. :)

Years later, when it was made into a movie, I was there on opening night. And like you, I can watch it over and over and never get tired of it.

"Man and wife" is why I haven't gotten married yet -- because when I finally do, it will be for life. When I do, it will be for better or worse, etc., for everything that "man and wife" implies.

cheers,
Phil
m_malcontent
Nov. 1st, 2011 03:54 pm (UTC)
Very well done, enjoyed. All the best on the impending nuptials. (My old school southern mom would electrocute me if I congratulated a bride).
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