Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Dear Met


Dear Met,

On this day of hearts and roses, I pay tribute to one of my favorite screenplays about you with one of my own.


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     FADE IN

1    DOCUMENTARY FOOTAGE

of a COUPLE, a MAN and a WOMAN, sitting in a loveseat.  They’re looking straight at the camera.

MAN
We met in college.  We lived in the same dorm our freshman year. 

WOMAN
I lived on the fourth floor.  He lived on the sixth floor.  We never spoke to each other the entire first semester.

MAN
We’d see each other in the cafeteria, hallways, or on campus.  Little did she know, she was my “girl on the roof.” 

WOMAN
You see, he and his friends played Truth or Dare once, and he was asked which girl he’d like to take up on the roof.

MAN
She finally spoke to me second semester.

WOMAN
I needed help with my Physics problem sets, so I went up to the sixth floor and to ask him for help.  Only to find out that he was seeing someone on his floor. 

MAN
That did not last long, and I never thought I stood a chance with her anyway.  She was the epitome of a sorority chick, and was always going to frat parties and such. 

WOMAN
I’ve no idea why that’s how I came across, except for I did date a frat dude at one time.  To set the record straight, I was never in a sorority, and I went to exactly three frat parties. 

MAN
My next chance was in OChem class first semester of sophomore year.  I’d sit a row or two behind her in a 500-seat lecture hall.  When I finally worked up the courage to sit next to her, I found out she was dating someone else.

WOMAN
Well, that didn’t last long, either.  But it was pretty obvious the spark we had between us.  He would bring me snacks I liked to eat in class, and I would offer to walk him to his next class.  So I waited, and waited, and waited for him to ask me out, after I made it clear that I was VERY SINGLE. 

MAN
We studied for our finals at the library every single day for 2 weeks. 

WOMAN
I had never looked forward to “studying at the library” as much as I did those few weeks.  'Cause really, there wasn’t that much studying going on.

MAN
(To Woman)
Hey, speak for yourself!

WOMAN
Well, at least I passed OChem that semester!

MAN
Point taken.  I was more involved in what snacks to bring for her at the library than memorizing SN-1 and SN-2 reactions.

WOMAN
It took him three entire semesters to ask me out... on the day before we both left to go home for winter break.  
          (Beat)
Talk about timing!

MAN
I’m a little slow.  Men are a little slow. 
(To Woman)
You’re supposed to wait for me, remember?

WOMAN
(To Man)
Yes, I remember.  
(Back to camera)
Three years later, he took me up on the roof of my apartment, and got down on one knee.

MAN
It was a gravel-lined roof.  I still remember how much my poor knee hurt. 

WOMAN
That’s because he gave me quite a speech about how slow he is and how he’d been thankful that I waited for him, and how I’ll need to wait for him for the rest of our lives. 

MAN
I’m glad she waited.

WOMAN
And I did finally become “his girl on the roof.”

FADE OUT

TO BE CONTINUED…


*****


Incidentally, WOMAN is also high-maintenance, although she knows it and is proud of it.  She also takes all her condiments on the side.  MAN's all-time favorite band is Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and thus the following song became MAN and WOMAN's song: Should I Fall Behind.




In case you were wondering, WOMAN still has to wait for MAN all the time


*****


So, Met, am I glad that you bring couples together so that they have a story to tell!  And for the rest of you screenplay geeks, I found what seems to be the original copy hereOne of my all-tme faves.

Happy Valentine's Day, says WOMAN to her MAN!

Sincerely,
Me

6 comments:

  1. LOVED THIS. I love how there is no drama in it, just plain love....patient and kind.

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  2. Oh that is absolutely the sweetest story ever. You NEED to get that on camera one day - just like this. It's a treasure for your kids and grandkids one day!

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  3. Helen, I was afraid this might bore some people (seeing how drama-less it is), but I am glad you liked it. 'Patient and kind' is exactly what I intended. Thanks!

    Michelle, That is a great idea! I hadn't even thought of that! Maybe one day, when we're gray, old, and wrinkled, just like the couples in the movie. That might make it more credible, wouldn't you say? =)

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  4. in the bible it says love is patient and love is kind

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  5. As are you, Helen! You are such a dear.

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  6. Hi Sandra! What a lovely story! Love the documentary/script of it. Loved that you studied together and he waited 3 terms to ask you out. Such an innocent relationship! I love it! And that he asked you to marry him on the roof, just perfect perfect. Did he remember the significance of the roof when he asked?

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