...one woman's 25 year quest to share a pint with the man who would be king.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Proud....and a little bit Prejudiced.

I have always loved books.  They transported me to other worlds I could only imagine visiting.  I read from an early age and I have never stopped.  When I was very young, I couldn't get enough of Gothic horror, Victorian romance,  sea adventures...the classics.  I buy and collect them all.  Sure I had favorite authors;  Dickens, Trollope, du Maurier,  the Brontes.   But my favorite of all was Jane Austen.  Jane made me laugh.  Jane made me cry.  Jane made me want to build a time machine and go back to her world.  I felt I belonged somewhere else - somewhere other than the small world I lived in.  I wanted to travel and see her England.  I wanted it to be "my England".

Fast forward twenty years from my teens.  I'm married for the second time.  I'm a mother to two girls and another on the way.  I live a happy and comfortable life.  I still read.  Every minute of every day.  My favorite go-to book?  ... Pride & Prejudice.

Well imagine my surprise one evening when I see a commercial for a small mini-series going to be aired in the United States.   Title:  Pride & Prejudice.   I am elated!  I had seen the older movie version but this was to be a newer one.  Think of it.  Two hours each week for three weeks!  I could immerse myself into Jane's world and visualize through another's eyes what life would have been like...in my most favorite story of all time.  And then.....

YOUR FACE CAME ON THE SCREEN.  I was dumbstruck.  The British Boy...MY British Boy...was now a man.  A man acting the part of the one story I knew by heart.  It just couldn't be possible.  But there it was; being advertised as "introducing Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy".  I called my family.  I said "You must watch this series.  It's my favorite book, remember?  It's him!  You will all get to see the boy I keep telling you about.  He's a man now and he's still acting!"   I may have begged.  I may have pleaded.  But they watched it anyway.

Six hours, and one wet white shirt later,  he was no longer my British boy.  He was the world's.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

They say, "Curiosity killed the cat". Well...meow.

Dear Colin,

I'm still here.  No matter how large I feel in my little corner of the world, I am tiny compared to your universe.  But my curiosity about you, the real you, has never waned.  I have always had loads of questions to ask you...questions that don't pertain to acting...or movies...or fame.   If it's okay with you, I'd like to get a few of them off my chest.  Figuratively, not literally.  But if you should feel so inclined...  wink wink.

*   Let's start this off with an appropriate first question.  What's your favorite color?  There; see how simple that was?

*   We are almost the same age - so I expect we grew up with the same music.  What are some of your earliest favorite bands or singers?  (Please don't say the Bee Gees.  Please don't say the Bee Gees.)

*   I love to read.  What I meant to say is,  I LOVE TO READ.  Memoirs, biographies, fiction, non-fiction, plays, poetry...etc.  I wonder if I have always wanted to escape real life, or just love adventure and different lifestyles.  I'm curious that way.  How about you?  What do you like to read and if you had the perfect scenario for reading, where would it be?  (Don't forget that I will be there too.  Oh, sorry.  Did I forget to mention that?  Well now you are warned.)  :)

*   What are your favorite foods?  If you could have anything you wanted, regardless of price or accessibility, what would you love to eat all the time?  Everyone has a particular taste.  Sweet, salty, meaty, spicy, chewy, etc.  I was just wondering what you like to eat.  (Because I like to eat.  Food is good...really good.)

*   I am sorry to say that I am not a teetotaler.  Do you like to partake in alcohol now and then?  What's your favorite drink?  (I promise to stop you from over-indulging if and when we get to celebrate something.  Well maybe I will.  You never know.  I might look better with a few drinks in you.)

*   I am positive you have traveled all over the world.  I guess money is good for something.  And in those travels, you have come across (and helped) many less worthy.  I think I love that about you.  I have had the unfortunate pleasure of meeting many men who don't care.  I know there are others like you;  I am grateful for that.   My question is, where do you see the most need?  Is there a place you love to travel because it just feels good to be there and it feels good to make a difference?  (My downfall is children. If I see one crying, I'm lost.)

*   Last question for the day.  I have so many but I don't want to scare you off.  I will save more for another day.  If you are reading this and haven't walked out on me...well, I'm satisfied for now.   Okay, here it is.  Planes, trains or automobiles?  (I'm afraid to fly but if it gets me to where I need or want to go...then I'm on it.  But let me warn you.  I may be a bit drunk doing it.  Wait; I will definitely be a bit drunk doing it.  So don't get all amorous and ask me to join your mile high club.  Just yet.)

Stay with me.  Please.  I want to know so much more about you.  The you that is Colin; not the you that is Mr. Firth.  I've been curious about you for over 25 years.  I can't help that kismet had a hand in striking me the first moment i saw you.  And if you stay, then I might be inclined to ply you with more alcohol.  You're welcome.  Meow.