Saturday, February 14, 2009

Get On With One's Loving

This is a forever favourite movie; I have watched it so many times, I know the lines by heart. Enchanted April is the award-winning 1992 film that's based on the book with the same name by Elizabeth Von Arnim.  It tells the story of "four dissimilar women in post-war England who leave their damp and rainy environs to go on a holiday to a secluded coastal villa in Italy...They come together at the Villa and find rejuvenation in the tranquil beauty of their surroundings, rediscovering hope and love."

A lovely movie with beautiful scenery and wonderful music, there are many spots that 'enchant' me. A most favourite place in the movie comes when Lottie, who found her own heart suddenly well and overflowing with love, entreats Rose to remember that it's important to get on with one's loving.

Perhaps I'm drawn to the phrase because, in our busyness, it's so easy to lose sight of what our lives are really about. If all our 'doings' do not enhance the beauty, joy and meaning of our lives -- and those we love and those our lives touch in some way -- then how important is it, in the end?

A perfect reminder as we celebrate Valentine's Day -- the day we give special attention to love. But like Lottie, I'm also eager to grace the other 364 days with ways to surprise, encourage, and just get on with our loving. Not just romantic love, but love in all its forms. After all, what can be more important?

With loving thoughts,


  1. I agree, too many times, hubby's don't make the list of priorities and they should.

  2. You are so right!! I love your posts!

  3. Hi Brenda , am wondering if you found your copy of enchanted April.I see you have the picture of it on your blog Evelyn

  4. Oh yes, loving in little ways... Beautiful thought. And perfect way to live.

    I also appreciate the movie, Enchanted April. Almost every friend I know thought it was slow... I thought it was gentle.

    There is an old song by Eartha Kitt called "Little Things Mean a Lot" that seems to speak my feelings so well.

    Some of the lyrics:

    "Throw me a kiss from across the room.
    Say that I'm nice when I'm not.
    A line a day when I'm far away. Little things mean a lot.

    You don't have to give me diamonds and pearls,
    champagne, sable and such.
    I never wanted diamonds and pearls...
    cuz honestly honey, they just cost money.

    Give me your hand when I've lost my way.
    Give me a shoulder to cry on. Whether the day is sunny or gray, Give me your heart to rely on."

    I try to do silly things for my sweetie regularly...goofy surprises. Wearing costumes, making up songs, giving him gifts that make himshake his head and laugh. And I try to pay attention and express gratitude for the little things he does for me.

    I try and remember my children, neighbors and co-workers. It's not always easy to take the time to listen deeply enough to be able to know what to do that will lift their load or bring a giggle... but, it is SO worth the effort!!

    And from time to time... it's really fun to do something unexpected for someone I don't know well at all. A grocery clerk, maybe... or someone that helped me at the make-up counter, the mail lady or another Real Estate agent that's holding on during slow times.

    Great post, Brenda.
    You are so right.

  5. Brenda, I also loved this movie!!

  6. That is one of my favorite movies, too! And the book is also a treat.

  7. Brenda- I watched this movie many years ago with my Mom and grandmother. I don't remember much about it, though- so I MUST watch it again, my friend!:) I will- and think of you.:)

    I wish I could say that I swap Godiva chocolates! But, these are from my Sweetie and they are staying right here with me.:) I can't remember the last time I had them! Aren't they decadent??!! Lori

  8. Enchanted April is one of my favorite "project" dvds--the kind of dvd I like to put in while I'm doing a sewing project. It always inspires me and makes me smile.



To My Beautiful Readers,

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