Major bonus points if you can match the movie with the above quote.
When I was in college, I was very, very poor. I would ferry my friends to the bars, and sip my coca colas, content to accept fees for being the designated driver. Those fees paid for my meals for a week. I was so poor that I once sold flowers at restaurants. That’s a terrible job, BTW. Please be nice to those women when you see them.
Somehow, I ended up in a sorority of women who were my superiors in many ways. All of my friends were pretty and well-off. Luckily, they were all really kind as well. They accepted me, my 1982 Chrysler LeBaron and loaned me their pretty clothes for parties.
There was one girl in my sorority who shined brighter than all the rest. She reminded me of Grace Kelly: she was radiant, she had a boyfriend who was gorgeous and really into her (who later became her husband), she came from a devoted family who lived on a fabulous estate overlooking the Pacific Ocean. But what I mostly remember was how nice she was. When she said hello to lowly me, and laughed at my jokes, I felt elevated in spirit and in self-esteem. I imagine it was like speaking to Kate Middleton, if she was kind and witty. I was never good friends with her, mostly because I never felt worthy of being her friend, but I held her in high esteem. Whenever anyone speaks of enchanted golden girls, I always think of her.
She went on to marry her college sweetheart, she had three children and founded a successful business. Then, I heard that she passed away last year.
I don’t know too much about it, but she was diagnosed with melanoma and fought valiantly, but ultimately succumbed to the disease.
I have thought about her every day since I learned the news. I have been told by a mutual friend who knew her very well that she was always the one who put on sunscreen, wore hats and didn’t tan.
I don’t know that I have much of a point here, other than to ask, yet again, why is life so unfair? I don’t know how to explain awful things like this. The passing of a young, vibrant, beautiful mother who had everything. I thought of her today and I realized that I am now officially older than she’ll ever be.
All I can do to honor her memory is direct you to this song. It is unworldly, it is ethereal, it is golden. It reminds me of her.
Bless you, Grace. The world was a better place because you were here.