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By your description of her, I'm sure she's involved with the movies by now. Never stop looking.

And I love how your parents met.


Your parents look like they could be starring in their own movie. They look so sophisticated and romantic.

scott the reader

Cool. My parents just had their 44th. Maybe that's why I'm such a softie.

E.C. Henry


Great job honoring your mother and father's meeting and ongoing love afgair. Their story reminds me a bit of that Sandra Bullock/Bill Pullman rom/com "While You Were Sleeping." With the noted exception that of a lack of a Peter Gallager "Bellamy" character.

No Carry Grants out there? Well... I think you can blame the current crop of bankible male actors for that. I believe, style, poise and sophisticaion are choises we chose to make.

I LOVE most actors, I see tremendous potential in almoast every one of them. But their ablitly for us to see them as "Carry Grants" is larely their responcibility to cultivate.

Would love to here your suggestions how our current stable of actors could go about the process of shaping their own personna to give a better showing, and be the "Carry Grant" of this generation.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA


Hope trying to find the blond doesn't keep you from seeing the brunette who's been near you the whole time and who might actually be the one. ;-)

LOVED the story about your parents! I also enjoyed the parallel you made with your own romantic life. Seems to me you've got a strong base for a nice screenplay there...


Janet: true, she was in L.A., after all... and I'm still looking...

Neil: They're going to be happy to hear that.

Scott, yes, I think there's definitely a correlation...

E.C. -- no real Bellamys in the picture, thank goodness.

Thanks, Martine: Actually, the persona of the "protagonist" did morph into the main character of the novel I recently finished...


There's probably a special place in heaven for the Merry Mernits, but why go? They're already there.


Your parents remind me of my Aunt and Uncle (too bad it's not my parents they remind me of, but I digress). While they've only been married for 52 years, they've been a couple since high school. Like you folks, they're still madly in love.

They first meet when my Aunt walked up to the new boy and said "I thought you were a girl." See, my uncle's name is "Alva" which is an androgynous name. Evidently, all the old kids knew the new kid's name before schoool started that day and all thought "Alva" was a girl. Whenever my Aunt tells this story, my Uncle just leans back, grins and says "Yeah, well, I showed her just how wrong she was."


I love the story of your parents, Billy, and the photos too - they look very happy and totally in love. As for "the love of one's life" - I don't know, does it exist? I have to hope so - if I gave up thinking about it, I'd have to start questioning why I write romantic comedy.

Loved Writergurl's story about her aunt and uncle too!


MaryAn: Sweet thought. You'd like 'em and vice versa.

WriterGurl: Great story! And Go, Alva (only other Alva I've ever heard of is Edison)...

Sal: It's a big question. I've come to think that this phrase doesn't have to equal the fairy tale one-and-only forever couples; people sometimes come to such a union later in life... have it briefly, and then have different kinds of relationships...

The thing about writing rom-coms, I believe, is that you have to believe in the positive, transformative power of love, period. If you have faith in that, you're good to go (or rather, fall...).


Oh, those dear, beautiful merry Mernits! Great post.

Andrew McAllister Ph.D.

That's wonderful! My wife and I celebrated our 22nd yesterday. I'd say we have some catching up to do :o)

"To Love, Honor and Dismay"


Thanks, Babs...

Welcome Dr. Andrew, congrats on your anniversary and I look forward to perusing your posts.

Write Procrastinator

"The Merry Mernits were just out here for a vacation."

Yeah, yeah, Orson Welles, right? 1939, wasn't it? I heard that the studio cut most of the footage and that footage is...oh, your parents, okay.

My in-laws are coming up on their golden anniversary and the Missus and I are coming up on our 15th. All of the sibs of the Missus are still married, as is everyone in on her mother's side.

When you marry into this family, well, let's just say it's easier getting out of the Mafia or Ryker's Island. Still I wouldn't have it any other way and I'm glad that your parents still keep that fire stoked and going.

Write Procrastinator

P.S. I pictured the "Hi's dream" end sequence from "Raising Arizona" when reading about your parents, without the yodeling.


Hmm ... my Dad had an androgynous name to - Laurie. And my parents were together right to the end. Maybe I should change my name to something more along those lines?

And now I'm also thinking I should have gone to all those things I skipped if for no other reason I could have at least scanned the room.

Hmm. Must rethink my anti-social inclinations.


I'm totally with you about honoring our loved ones WHILE they are still here. My mother died a few years ago, to my (large) family's intense sorrow. Now it's all about Dad--he's a character, and I want to enjoy him NOW.

Per the universal quest for that perfect love? I know your style is lightly tongue-in-cheek and funny, but also squarely from the heart--so, how about looking for her without benefit of martinis et al. You might be surprised.

Tim Clague

I don't think it often happens like that. But I don't think that matters. Its not how you meet. Its how you make it last that counts.


WritePro, congrats on the 15 years. And I love this sort of Seven Brides For Seven Brothers thing you got going on...

Bill, the beauty part of scanning the room is that it does allow you to leave (or, on the rare and worthwhile occasion, yield something that justifies staying).

Ruth: The martinis are totally optional! Anytime, anyplace, anywhere...

Absolutely, Mr. Clague, that's where the secret-ingredient for getting to 60 years comes in...


Next time, instead of looking across the room for that blonde with the sweet face, try looking for the brunette standing in the corner trying to blend in with the wallpaper. If you engage her in conversation you might be pleasantly surprised. :)

bertha rolfe

i recently spoke with my father, i love him so much. i saud to him, the love of my life he seemed surprised to hear me say that, is that a proper phrase to use for a father?

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