One of the many things I worry about as a father is that my son won’t appreciate or understand all of the great popular culture that preceded his generation. So when I told my two-year-old son that the great writer Nora Ephron had passed away and he said, “Who’s Nora Ephron?”, I was shocked and appalled and upset.
I immediately gave him a list of all the TV and film she wrote and told him to watch all of it and come back to me with his favourite lines from each.
And he did it!
I was so proud of him that I wanted to share the list with everybody…
When Harry Met Sally…
“I’ll have what she’s having.”
Sleepless in Seattle
“It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together.”
Perfect Gentlemen (TV movie)
“The funny thing is, I look out there and I don’t see any perfect gentlemen. Just perfect a-holes.”
Adam’s Rib (TV series)
“I’ll have what she’s having. The Adam’s Ribs. Delicious!”
“This relationship is like spaghetti. It’s giving me heartburn and I want to choke the bejesus out of you.”
“Forget it, Jake. It’s mixed nuts.”
“Chocolate chip is pretty good. But oatmeal raisin is like your a-hole tickled.”
My Blue Heaven
“I’ll have what Imelda Marcos is having.”
“Hasta la vista, mixed nuts.”
“I coulda been a contender, instead of a… hey, you passed Chuck E. Cheese!”
You’ve Got Mail
“Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape.”
This Is My Life
“Frankly my dear, I don’t give a ding-dong.”
“You had me at ‘sensual massage’.”
“I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to jiggle with my jimjammers.”
Julie and Julia
“I’m blogging, I’m cooking… when do I find time for love? Also, I need to borrow $60,000 for bail. I accidentally ran over a homeless person. Actually, it wasn’t an accident.”
Now, it has been a while since I watched this stuff, but looking at this list again with fresh eyes, it seems like my boy may not have actually watched any of it.
But the exercise really brought us closer together and, at the end of the day, that’s what really matters, you guys.