Valentine’s Day for One
I love Valentine’s Day. I don’t care if I am in a relationship or not. It’s a good excuse to buy a big box of chocolates all for myself, rent some good, old-fashioned love stories, and camp out on my couch with a blanket in my P.J.’s and fluffy socks.
Actually, I prefer to watch those mushy love stories all by myself. I don’t have to worry about being interrupted during all the good scenes, and I can cry if I want without someone thinking they have to comfort me or something. Crying is a part of the movie experience for me, just like laughing at a comedy, or sitting on the edge of my seat during a suspense movie. Yet, a date can handle laughing, or you clutching the arm of your chair (or even their arm or hand), but crying makes them uncomfortable. They don’t seem to know how to handle that. (How about you just keep looking at the screen and don’t talk to me because I’m really in to the movie, dude?!)
So, here is a list of some of my favorite love stories of all time. Some you may have seen, some maybe not. But I don’t see them every year, so enough time passes in between that I enjoy seeing them again when I do.
A Walk in the Clouds — with Keanu Reeves. The story of a handsome young man who meets a beautiful young woman with a serious dilemma. He offers to help her out. All I could think about when watching this movie was, “Do they even make men like that anymore?” A good friend lent this to me, and I’m so glad she did. It’s become one of my favorites.
Spanglish — with Adam Sandler. I think Adam Sandler is funny. But this movie made me realize what a serious actor he can be, too. Kind of like Robin Williams. I loved this movie! It so touching, funny, and heartbreaking –all at the same time. I really like movies that make me laugh and cry.
Bridges of Madison County — Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood. Anyone who’s ever been a stay-at-home wife and mother can relate to this movie in some part. It’s not about a good or bad marriage; it’s about real life and good and/or bad timing. What would you do?
Urban Cowboy — John Travolta and Debra Winger. Wow. What can I say? A classic. Young, dumb love that just might or might not work out. Maybe if they can just grow up a little … Great music and dance scenes. Work it, John! Yea, baby! Sorry, Oprah. I loved him long before you did!
Best Friends — Goldie Hawn and Burt Reynolds. Yes, I know this one is older. But it’s funny, and sweet. About a couple of writers in Hollywood who have been living together and are contemplating marriage.
Swing Shift — Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russel. Another great movie with Goldie Hawn. This is the movie when the two of them started dating. … and they’re still together! That should be enough to make you want to watch this. A movie about a woman whose husband goes off to war, she goes to work in a factory with her best girlfriend, they meet a guy, and then…
This is a good start. There’s also Gone with the Wind, Funny Girl, A Star is Born, and Titanic.
How about some romantic love songs, too.
This song is one of my favorite songs. It’s because the words, to me, describe what real love should be like. He tells her that “you don’t have to be alone,” and “come rest your head on my shoulder,” and “I need you here in my arms.” And all kinds of other comforting things. Just listen to the words… “I want to give you a little tenderness, to let you know that you’re loved.”