Modern love

Posted February 03, 2011

Modern love

“Love means never having to say you're sorry”. Come again?

It’s the famous tagline from Love Story, the iconic 1970 film which I saw for the first time in years last night. The film is cheesy in the extreme but I watched it with a lump in my throat nevertheless. And I couldn’t get that damned line out of my head. It sounded so compassionate and understanding in the film.

I thought I’d try it out on the love of my own life.  So when he phoned to say he was really sorry that he’d be late home - again - I calmly replied: “That’s alright, no need to apologise. Love means never having to say you’re sorry”.

Stunned silence on the other end of the line. “Erm, are you feeling ok?” he eventually asked. And that’s when I realised my mistake. You see, the whole foundation of our marriage is built upon the understanding that he always apologises before me. Even though he doesn’t understand what he’s supposed to have done wrong in the first place.

Word to self: don’t let soppy films upset the marital equilibrium.

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