Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Pitter Pat

What is it about certain words spoken in certain situations, like in a movie, or particular words put to a can’t- get-out-of-your-head melody that never seem to be erased from our usually fallible memory? What about them makes us place our hand over our heart and sigh or even reach for a tissue because of the growing lump in our throat? I am not what you consider an emotional person--- you know, someone who cries over a sappy commercial, but string some sweet affirming words together knotted on both ends with vows of preferring one person over anyone else forever………..well, pitter pat, sigh, dab with the tissue, you got me. These are some lines that come to mind:

Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle,
"It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together... and I knew it. I knew it the very first time I touched her. It was like coming home... only to no home I'd ever known... I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew. It was like... magic.”

Or the song Steven Curtis Chapman wrote about the day his wife was born,
“11-6-64 the sun shone a whole lot brighter Than ever it had before, smiling down on me At 1:09 pm both hands of time stop turning And you came waltzing in, to change my world for good.”

Or the five words from Emma Thompson to Hugh Grant in Sense and Sensibility that gave way to the lump in her throat,
“Then you are not married?”

Or Tom Hanks to Meg Ryan in You’ve Got Mail,
"...and you and I had, just you know, met... Yeah. I would have asked for your phone number and I wouldn't have been able to wait 24 hours before calling and asking, "How about coffee, drinks, dinner, a movie, for as long as we both shall live?"

And lastly, Mr. Darcy to Miss Bennett in Pride and Prejudice,
“If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes have not changed, but one word from you will silence me forever. If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.”

Well, I’ve got a new one for you, but you won’t see it on anybody’s favorite movie line list. This one rolled off the innocent tongue of a six year old boy. A few weeks ago, some dear friends, Chris and Sarah, and 3 out of their 4 adorable boys came through town. (above) Last fall, much to our dismay, they moved from our nice and toasty town to the cooler climate of Minnesota. On their way to the airport they stopped by our home so our kids could see each other. The kids all grinned at each other, ran off and played together as if 9 months were 9 days. We really didn’t see nor hear from any of them until Chris and Sarah called them to load up the car. After everyone found shoes, gave clumsy hugs and got buckled into the car, Julia jumped in for one last goodbye and this is what Chris, the dad, heard from his son, Graham,

“Hey Julia, when I grow up and you grow up, will you be somewhere I can find you?”

Pitter pat.

Not so long ago.......


Sarah Wolfe said...

Maybe the distance is only making the heart grow fonder. Thanks for writing about this, Krista. I hate not being there for Julia and Brighton's "dailies," but at least we were there for this on! Miss you guys!

"Bluebonnet in the snow" said...

That's adorable! Sounds like he's got a way with words, even at his young age!

Krista said...

Jeff talking here. Hey Wolfman, I did not want to get out the shot gun for another 12 years or so, but with talk like that I might have to protect my wife and daughter.


Dondra said...

How sweet! Give me a tissue please! :)

spaghettipie said...

Um, yeah. A total pitter pat, get out the kleenex moment. How precious!

And Jeff can use the classic line from Clueless: "I have a gun and a shovel. I doubt anyone will miss you."

Edie said...

Wow...that is so God...
Well, it could be so you might want to re-prioritize the prayer list, just in case. :)
That just melted my heart. So glad you posted it.

Edie said...

One more quick thought. This is a must for my favorite quote list. Do you mind Krista?

TJ Wilson said...

Aahhh! LOVE this, and it's written beautifully. How did you know all my favorite movie lines?! Seriously, I think you covered all my favs. Classic comment from GW.

Shannon said...

Love that! So sweet!

Krista said...

SW- I LOVE your boy and might let him see her after she is 21 because of that one sweet quote. ; )
Bits- His Daddy MIGHT have something to do with that gene?
d- I KNOW!!
Pasta girl- Jeff LOVED that line.
E- I don't think his Mom would care at all!
T- Are you my friend or what?

Chris Wolfe said...


Wow. Thanks so much. You're so thoughtful to post this story (It really is sweet; I'll never forget the moment). I was laughing and my heart was filled with warmth at the same time. I love that we're the Sanders's friends.

Not only was your post the kindest of gestures, it was really good. Great writing. Witty, smart, perfect timing, creative, etc. Well done, Krista.


So sorry, but there's not much I can do. Graham takes after his mother: she's picky and very aggressive. You have to beware of those Moody Bible girls! Miss you guys. Hope to see you soon.



Raechelle Ivy said...

Jason LOVED that line!!!
He said that if he ever write a movie or book, he is gonna steal that one!!!

It was so great talking to you last night!

Tori said...

A couple of years ago, I got to go to the Houston Quilt Show with my sweet Memaw. When we were leaving, she took my hand and said, "No matter what happens tomorrow, we'll always remember that today, you had me, and I had you."

I could've cried! It's my favorite "Memaw Quote".