How many of you remember the 1970 movie Lovers And Other Strangers? One of the plots revolved around Mike’s Italian-American parents, Frank (Richard Castellano) and Bea (Beatrice Arthur), who are relentlessly trying to dissuade Richie and Joan from divorcing. The tag lines from this plot were, “So, what’s the story Richie?” And the line from the wedding reception, “Do you see so and so, do you think their happy? But they are still married.”
Dom and I remember thinking that this whole plot was hilarious. Of course, we identified with the newlyweds in the movie and thought the angst the parents were suffering over their son’s impending divorce very humorous.
I had lunch with a group of friends. Our friendship date back to when our 40 something children were in grammar school. The conversation turned to the number of those children who were starting to get divorced and how sad we all felt every time we heard that kind of news.
Later in the day I was telling Dom the news from lunch and I thought about this movie. We both acknowledged that it was a very strange feeling to now have the role of the parents. And we both agreed that we didn’t find Frank and Bea’s angst so hilarious anymore.
Isn’t it funny how your perspective on life changes?
Wishing you only happy news,