I know someone who says they are sorry for about everything. If she is sick, she is sorry, and not just sorry once or twice, not sorry four or five times even. Nope, she is sorry every minute of every second and has to announce it like a proud parent. “I’m Sorry.” If she is late, her sorry seems to be announced over an invisible intercom. If she moves wrong, she announces how sorry she is. There is not much this poor woman can do that she is not sorry for, and I feel sort of sorry for her and it got me thinking…
Love means never having to say you’re sorry. It was a great line from the 1970 movie Love Story with Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw. I recall my mother taking my sister and me to go to the Buena Vista Theater to see this movie. I think I was in 7th grade. Clearly, I was not in the mood to see this hokey movie. There were other movies playing like M.A.S.H. or Woodstock. I had no desire to watch this at all.
I was dragged into this movie where Ali MacGraw plays Jenny who is a music major at a college and falls in love with Ryan O’Neal who is a pre-law rich guy named Oliver Barrett IV. The plot of this story is the poor music major falls in love with the rich guy. The rich guy marries her, and the parents disown him leaving them in financial turmoil. She gets a job and pays for his school.
The plot thickens when she wants to have a baby and she cannot so they get some tests done and find out she has cancer. So long, goodbye and farewell to poor Jenny. Not really a great movie to take a 7th grader to, but what kept me staying awake in this movie was the music. Who did not reach for a tissue every time they heard Andy Williams singing the theme from Love Story?
” Where do I begin, to tell the story of how great a love can be?
The sweet love story that is older than the sea.
The simple truth about the love she brings to me.
Where do I start?”
Yeah as a kid, I could have cared less even about the lyrics, but they infested my head like bee’s on honey and I would remember signing it over and over. One day I finally asked my mother to get me the soundtrack. She wondered why I wanted it because I did not like the movie. What I liked was the music.
There was a great deal of just music without all the distracting lyrics. There was harpsichord and other instruments that made it sound different from other things I was listening to at the time. More sophisticated almost and I liked it and played it over and over.
Of course, Ali MacGraw dies, and before she dies, she says one of the most famous lines of 1970 and that was, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Someone should tell my friend for apologizing for everything that line, but I suspect she will only be sorry for that as well. However, here is something I am not sorry about, seeing the movie Love Story and falling in love with the music.
If you have not seen this 1970 classic, it is a sappy movie but I would think everyone should see it at least once. If you have not heard the soundtrack, it sounds interesting today, but go to Itunes and give it a listen, because back in the 70s, the soundtrack was very interesting which in turn, made the movie worth watching for this 7th grader.
I recently got a copy of the original soundtrack and listened to it. It did not sound like the sophisticated soundtrack that I thought it was some 43 plus years ago, still it gave me tingles with memories of a young kid listening over and over to what I thought back then was different.
So to my friend, get over it already with the sorry stuff, remember what Ali says, love means never having to say your sorry.