When I Was Four-and-Twenty

From the last silly post that had me taking an online quiz and finding out that I acted like I was twenty-four years old, comes now this new entry about a song that came out when I was about that age and bawling over the movie “My Best Friend’s Wedding”.

I’ll Be Okay
Amanda Marshall 

It’s time to let you go
It’s time to say goodbye
There’s no more excuses
No more tears to cry

There’s been so many changes
I was so confused
All along you were the one
All the time I never knew

I want you to be happy
You’re my best friend
But it’s so hard to let you go now
All that could have been
I’ll always have the memories
She’ll always have you
Fate has a way of changing
Just when you don’t want it to


Throw away the chains
Let love fly away
Till love comes again
I’ll be okay

Life passes so quickly
You gotta take the time
Or you’ll miss what really matters
You’ll miss all the signs
I’ve spent my life searching
For what was always there
Sometimes it will be too late
Sometimes it won’t be fair


I won’t give up
I won’t give in
I can’t recreate what just might have been
I know that my heart will find love again
Now is the time to begin


I can’t hold on forever baby
I’ll be okay.

Well now.  That was fun!  I bet girls who are old enough to remember that movie have also memorized each song in its equally famous soundtrack.  I think this was the only original song in that compilation.  The rest are re-makes.  But I know them all by heart.
There was a time when I couldn’t watch that movie without shedding a tear.  It was a comedy, for crying out loud.  My best friend lent me her copy so I could desensitize myself, so I watched it nightly for a straight week.  I wept every time.
More than a decade later, I saw it again on HBO.  The song is right – I eventually became okay.  I survived up to the last scene without crying.  I saw how selfish Jules had been, and un-romanticized Michael, the sports writer who was going to marry a college student and ask her to give up her career, and who was blind not to see that he and Jules were perfect for each other.  I hated him for the tender moments he shared with Jules just when he was supposed to be focused on Kimberly, and for not choosing Jules.
I am okay about the movie.  As to the reality, I’m getting there too.     

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