Another Word for Love is Friendship
Don’t you just love epic love stories?
Romeo and Juliet
Elizabeth Bennet and Darcy
Edward and Bella
Ironman and Captain America . . . Wait, huh?
I’m going to let you guys in on a little secret: I love friendships. I mean I love love too, but I also really love friends.
The truth is, when I began the UNDER THE NEVER SKY trilogy, I was as much inspired to write about friendships, with all their struggles and difficulties, with all their intensity, as I was to write a love story.
I have friendships that are far older than my kids, and that have existed far longer than my marriage. I have friendships that have shaped me, strengthened me, held me up when I needed it, and they are invaluable to me.
Some of you might know the classic movie, BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID. It starred Robert Redford and the late, great Paul Newman. If you haven’t seen it, you should. Few films, in my mind, capture love in all its different shapes better.
The film is about Sundance and Butch, two outlaws who are the very best of friends.
Sundance, played by Robert Redford, is quiet, a little rough around the edges, and a wicked shot.
Butch, played by Paul Newman, is the one with the sparkle in his eyes, and the perfect witty comebacks.
Starting to sound familiar?
There’s more. Enter Etta, who is Sundance’s love, and also Butch’s best friend. They have—dare I say it—a love triangle that is utterly stable. Because each of the characters cares for each other—respects one another—I fell in love with all three of them. They are magic on the screen. Unforgettable.
So in this holiday of hearts and flowers, let’s not forget the people who tease you as they pick you up, who remind you of all the ridiculous things you wore in eighth grade. Who say, “You know what? Whoever said three’s a crowd was a fool. Come on in. There’s room for all of us.”
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