The Wrong Lilies

The Wrong Lilies

Friday, July 20, 2012

Dear Nora Ephron

Thank you, dear Nora Ephron, for what you wrote and how you wrote it.

We are all so fortunate that your gifts will live on and continue to delight and inspire for a very long time.  All those wonderful films:   You’ve Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle.  These, along with Heartburn,  Silkwood,  When Harry Met Sally, and Julie and Julia, form our favorites .

Now we have watched each of these films several times over the years and yet still relish their wonderful dialogue and stories and appreciate them all over again.  Some lines from your movies have become part of our family persona, such as “F O X – Fox”, or “How much does it cost to fly to New York?  Nobody knows!” or asking for sauces or salad dressings on the side -  and so it goes.  Little things.  Quirky things.  Things that make up real life.

And when we watch these films again, so rich and layered with those ‘little things’, we discover for instance that in Sleepless in Seattle,  the wonderful humorist Calvin Trillin plays Annie’s Uncle Murray at Christmas Eve dinner, and suddenly we get an insight into how you must have known such wonderful gifted people and made them part of your life.  The sheer intellectual richness that metamorphosed into your rich stories that then came to us all.  And then there are your plays and books as well.

Here is a wonderful quotation I just discovered:  “We are what we think, all that we are arises with our thoughts, with our thoughts we make the world.”  This is from Sayings of the Buddha.  That is what I think you did, Nora Ephron – with your thoughts, you made a world of humor and kindness and did I say humor, and we are all the happier for that.  And for that, we thank you.

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