I think, overall, most of us understand the basic plot lines. Romeo and Juliet, for example:
Boy loves girl.
Girl loves boy.
Girl's family and boy's family hate each other.
Juliet fakes her death
Romeo isn't a good fact-checker (there was a plan after all!)
Romeo kills himself
Juliet wakes up and figures out how dumb Romeo was (again, he didn't follow the plan)
(Did you know that Shakespeare based this on an actual couple that lived in Verona, Italy in 1303? Supposedly, Shakespeare learned of the story by reading a poem written by Arthur Brooks in 1562 called "The Tragical Historye of Romeus and Juliet" .)
Why am I even bringing up Ole William, you ask? Well, I am having a couple of thoughts on the subject of love today.
Thought Number One:
Love is blind, and lovers cannot see, The pretty follies that themselves commit.
The Merchant of Venice, Act 2 Scene 6
Forty-one years ago, TODAY, two teenagers, much to the chagrin of their parents, teachers and pretty much everyone that knew them, got married. Yeah, I know...crazy, clueless, teenagers...got married.
So, despite the shaking noggins, the naysayers, and the doubting Thomas's and Thomasina's, our hapless teens did get married.
They made a little home for themselves. Well, strictly speaking they made lots of little homes for themselves with all those 21 corporate moves.
And they had a little princess and a little prince to add a little spice to their lives.
Thought Number Two: More than a few of Shakespeare's quotes were lost on me.
He said what?????
Totally not true, Mr. Shakespeare. No marred men around here.
So happy anniversary to us...still happy after all these years.
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