After watching the film, I affirmed the interest to teach and had started to mindset of being a professor one day… just like Barbra’s Streisand’s character as a University of Columbia professor named Rose Morgan and I promised not to talk to my students the way Gregory Larkin does as portrayed by Jeff Bridges.
But more than unearthing my desire to be a teacher (which eventually happened), the storyline has also fascinated me. It is a hilarious ugly-duckling-type twist of a mid-aged woman and her adventure in discovering beauty and love.
Being a hopeless romantic as I was, I had even memorized this particular line of Rose as she conversed with her students about romantic love:
“…Why do people want to fall in love? Because that experience makes us feel completely alive; where every senses heighted, every emotion is magnified, our everyday reality is shattered and we are flung into the heavens.
It may only last a moment, an hour, an afternoon but that does not diminish its value because we are left with memories that we treasure for the rest of our lives…”
And these excerpts explain a lot of things about why a person we just met once can create an impact in our lives in what seems like forever. Not all love stories have a happy ending, or not even sad. Some just end without an appropriate adjective. But that tiny memory of being with someone we love is kept in a standstill, jarred and sealed to never happen again but that “moment” is imprinted like a tattoo and not a day is spent without having a glimpse of it.
Gee, did I just say hopeless romantic?