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As you wish……………..

The Princess Bride

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The Princess Bride; ah, my all-time favorite movie.  I cannot recall how many times I have seen it; and yet, each time elicits the same smiles, laughter, and yes, clapping (I love it when the ‘good guy’ wins)!  The photo below shows the beautiful Buttercup and her hero and true love, Wesley:

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The movie was released in 1987, and to this day evokes quotes from the movie on behalf of yours truly.  Such marvelous lines in this movie!

In the beginning part of the movie, Buttercup repeatedly asks the farm hand (Wesley), to assist her in various tasks.  Each time she asks he replies, “As you wish.”  What he is really saying is, “I love you”!

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Oh how I love that line!!

As Buttercup continuously expresses her utter loathing of the Evil Prince Humperdink, he fiercely proclaims, “I would not say such things if I were you!” Oh, here he is, lamenting as usual:

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Perhaps at this point in the program you may be asking yourself what prompted this Monday morning movie recall.  I love synchronicity.  I am fascinated by those little serendipitous moments that allow one to take pause and ponder the question, “Hhhhmm, is that merely a random occurrence, or is it perhaps a tiny indicator of that which is larger than our human understanding?

Here is my lovely little “coincidental” preponderance about, “The Princess Bride”.  After years of watching the movie from my Canadian town over and over again, quoting the lines ad nauseam, and feeling such a connection to the movie for its profusion of clever lines and witty character interaction, I recently came across something rather interesting.

Throughout the movie, a scene is shown repeatedly of a grandfather reading a book to his grandson, who is home in bed with a cold.  The story, of course, is, “The Princess Bride”, and the ‘cut-away’ to the story-reading scene is brilliantly interwoven with the actions of what is being read to the little boy.

Have you ever heard the saying, “Hiding in plain sight?”  I recently found out that, although not specifically stated in the movie, the screenplay notes that the little boy and his grandfather live in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois!  And where, pray tell do I find myself at least once (if not twice) a week?  Downtown Evanston, as a matter of fact.

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The above picture shows the boy (Fred Savage) sporting a Chicago Bears football shirt, while the grandfather (Peter Falk) reads, “The Princess Bride”.  Little did I realize all those years ago that I would be living not only in the country where my precious and adored movie takes place, but in the same city!

Perhaps it is just me, but I find something very special and magical about this correlation.

On this Monday morning as you stroll about your town, completing tasks that perhaps seem rather routine, please keep this in mind:  Conceivably your mundane moments will lead to something much more magical than you can possibly fathom.  As you wish!!!


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