This week in history marks fifteen years since The Notebook was released in theaters, documenting the moment Noah ruined love for all men. Not because they had to watch the movie but because they could never, ever measure up.
Need proof? Boys, answer the following:
Have you built a house with your bare hands, just for her?
Have you read a love story to her?
Have you rowed her around the deep South surrounded by swans?
Every time she looks at you, does she find you already looking at her?
Did you create a sacred place for her to paint? Or write? Or read?
Have you loved only her?
Did you die together, wrapped in each other?
Thought not. In search of tips? Let Noah speak for you.
“So it’s not gonna be easy, it’s gonna be really hard. And we’re gonna have to work at this everyday, but I wanna do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever. You and me. Everyday.”
“I wrote you 365 letters. I wrote you everyday for a year…it wasn’t over, it still isn’t over!”
“I love you. I am who I am because of you. You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I’ve ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, everyday we are together is the greatest day of my life. I will always be yours.”
“If you’re a bird, I’m a bird.”
“The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds, and that’s what you’ve given me. That’s what I hope to give to you forever. I love you. I’ll be seeing you.”
“I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough.”
“I couldn’t sleep last night because I know that it’s over between us. I’m not bitter anymore, because I know that what we had was real. And if in some distant place in the future we see each other in our new lives, I’ll smile at you with joy and remember how we spent a summer beneath the trees learning from each other and growing in love.”
“I think our love can do anything we want it to.”
“They didn’t agree on much. In fact, they didn’t agree on anything. They fought all the time and challenged each other every day. But despite their differences, they had one important thing in common. They were crazy about each other.”
“I could be fun, if you want. I could be pensive, uh… smart, superstitious, brave? And I, uh, I can be light on my feet. I could be whatever you want. You just tell me what you want, and I’m gonna be that for you.”
Boys: Put the thoughts to memory and buy a rowboat.