You know how I tend to quote music lyrics? I do it with movie quotes, too. And I especially love it when I post one quote on Facebook and all my friends post other quotes from the same movie. Sometimes it’s a quiz, a litmus test of how geeky my friends are. Other times, it’s just an indication that the movie is on TV and my friends can go watch it, too.
Thankfully, I’m not alone in this practice. I was just remembering today about announcing to my family that I was expecting for the first time. It was a week or so after my birthday, and we were having a party at my parents’ home. After the initial surprise and joy, my oldest brother-in-law went to my father and ripped off lines from “The Godfather”: Thank you for inviting me to your home on the occasion of your daughter’s birth. And may her first child be a masculine child.
Without blinking, my father replied, I thank you, my old and loyal friend.
Seriously…that happened. (My dad’s always been like that… when Monty Python aired in the late ’80s on PBS and my sister’s friends thought it was hilarious, they’d quote it in front of him and he’d respond, because he loved the show, too. He earned serious teen creed for it. Being 10, my attempts to quote the show didn’t go over as well…)
Speaking of Monty Python… This evening, I noticed a friend had commented on Governor Christie’s Facebook page. He’s fielding questions, since this is election night (polls don’t close until after I post this, so I don’t know the results.) Turns out the question he asked the governor was, What is the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow?
Christie tagged him and answered, What do you mean, African or European?
Regardless of your political leanings, that is hilarious. (Of course, my friend responded with I don’t know thaaaaa…, as he should have.)
In these days when a shared experience is a rarity, when we fancy ourselves islands of humanity and no one can really “get” us, it’s nice to see moments like this still happen. Here’s to a future with children who can embrace this.