Sunday, January 29, 2012

Letters to Juliet

Did you have a chance to watch the movie: "Letters to Juliet"?  If not, it's being shown in Star Movies again, and it's really a feel good movie.  The idea is that, women leave their letters in the Verona courtyard in Verona Italy (check out this historic place:, addressed to Juliet, a character of the tragedy written by William Shakespeare, and series of women, secretaries of Juliet as what they call themselves, send replies to these letters.

Here are the lines that really captured my heart:

1) Letter of Claire to Juliet 50 years ago:

I didn’t go to him, Juliet. I didn’t go to Lorenzo. His eyes were so full of trust I promised I’d meet him and run away together because my parents don’t approve. But, instead, I left him waiting for me below our tree – waiting and wondering where I was. I’m in Veronoa now. I return to London in the morning and I am so afraid. Please, Juliet tell me what I should do. My heart is breaking and I have no one else to turn to.
Love, Claire

2) The reply of Sophie (a.k.a Juliet) after finding Claire's 50 year old letter:

Dear Claire,
What and If are two words as non-threatening as words can be. But put them together side-by-side and they have the power to haunt you for the rest of your life: What if? What if? What if? I don’t know how your story ended but if what you felt then was true love, then it’s never too late. If it was true then, why wouldn’t it be true now? You need only the courage to follow your heart. I don’t know what a love like Juliet’s feels like – love to leave loved ones for, love to cross oceans for but I’d like to believe if I ever were to feel it, that I will have the courage to seize it. And, Claire, if you didn’t, I hope one day that you will.
All my love, Juliet

3)  Charlie on his opinion to Romeo and Juliet's story:

"If I were Romeo, I won't do such stupid thing,  I would have grabbed her from that blasted balcony and been done with it."

If I will be given a chance to go the Verona courtyard and If I were to write to Juliet, here's how it will go:

Dear Juliet,

I have a very wonderful relationship and we've been through to every stage of every normal relationship should go to, except for the cool-off's or break-ups and the 3rd party of course.  I'm afraid that after the 128 months of love and friendship, kiss and make up after the little arguments, and all the ups and downs of our relationship, I am starting to ask, what is next?  I love him so much Juliet, but I still don't have a clear view of what he is seeing in the future.  I trust that he's the one God has chosen for me but this doesn't clear  the question, what's keeping him too long?

.... I would really love that he'll become Charlie and say let's do it.

Love, Mel

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