I was just watching Ricki and the Flash, a video I picked up at the library. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Meryl Streep in anything, but I will never forget the first time I saw her in Sophie’s Choice.
It was something else when I watched a scene where Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline, estranged husband and wife, reconnected in Ricki and the Flash. There was something about the way they were together that made me think, I’ve seen this before. And then it hit me. Kevin Kline was in Sophie’s Choice with Meryl Streep. I was about nine years old when I saw that film.
How is it that I remembered them together? Memory is such a funny thing. Chemistry is too. The way actors are together is much the same as how we are as people together.
My girlfriend of 25 years just came out for a visit. We were 18 when we met, and the instant we saw each other in the lobby of the hotel, we were back, 18 years old again, just as funny, so many years between then and now, but just the same.
When I saw Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline, and their love for each other, the timeless quality of a connection something triggered inside me. Keep those friends close, because in the end, those friendships are a measure of our own lives, our progress, and yes, our frailty.
While Ricki and the Flash is not the best movie, it is something to see how time doesn’t really change the essential quality of who we are. We must be ourselves, letting the world wash over us, and moving forward just the same.