By The Collected Canadian
I’m a romantic sap. My home vomits antiques, vinyl collections, and Chopin sheet music. Among bowing bookshelves, you’ll also find the writings of Jane Austen, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and John Keats. But Valentine’s Day used to make me feel ill, especially post break-ups that intensified Single-Awareness Day. To be honest, advertisements continue to irk me when the message suggests that love is, after all, monetary. My attitude has since had a radical transformation however, humbled by life’s Odin-force and arriving at the conclusion that if anything deserves celebration, it’s love.
We at the Collective invite you to celebrate love with us, by sharing your favorite “love scenes” (no, not the kind that show Kit Harington’s ass, although…).
**Not sure if spoilers still apply given the time-frame…like giving spoiler warnings for a Charlie Chaplin film. Alas, “spoilers” for The Office, Inside Out, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Furious 7.
The Office: Jim & Dwight
I know the popular ship is Pam and Jim, whom I adore, but this bromance evokes adoration. Despite countless pranks, and the “frenemy” status between the two, this scene is a testament to the friends you keep in life. They may make fun of your quirky character traits, but when the world burns, they’re sitting alongside you.
Inside Out: Bing Bong & Riley
I could double-dip and include the scene between Sadness and Bing Bong for similar reasons to Jim and Dwight, but I chose Bing Bong’s death scene because I’m that screwed up. Bing Bong makes the ultimate sacrifice by forfeiting his existence to give Riley a chance at having Joy back, what stronger form of love is there?
This scene reminded me of Cheryl Strayed’s words in her “Dear Sugar” column (read the whole piece here:
“One hot afternoon during the era in which you’ve gotten yourself ridiculously tangled up with heroin you will be riding the bus and thinking what a worthless piece of crap you are when a little girl will get on the bus holding the strings of two purple balloons. She’ll offer you one of the balloons, but you won’t take it because you believe you no longer have a right to such tiny beautiful things. You’re wrong. You do.”
Bing Bong and Riley’s relationship to me is about loving yourself. Being courageous, and saying goodbye to those aspects of yourself that no longer serve you, the pieces of your past that inhibit your growth. It seems like we as humans struggle so hard, fight so many fights, climb and plummet over countless obstacles for one goal- tiny, beautiful joy.
What is it our Queen RuPaul says?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow & Xander
Does this scene really need explaining? You may still be learning to let yourself be loved, but love is there regardless. I’ve attended too many funerals and witnessed an immeasurable number of people carry other deep agonies within themselves. But in all those horrific moments, I’ve also seen deep love. The juxtaposition is surreal. The very thing that makes heartache so strong is the same that helps us overcome it.
Community/Family: Furious 7 (end scene)
I’m including Furious 7, because it reminds me of community. For too large a population, terms like “family” seem to create a hollow feeling, compared to one of fulfillment. Fortunately, there’s other people in life who may finally help us achieve positive understandings of belonging, home, and family.
“How can we not talk about family, when family’s all that we got?” –“See You Again” ft Charlie Puth by Wiz Khalifa
Well Collectors, remember to #getkind, #alwayskeepfighting, and (of course) love, love, love…