this evening we watched jane wyman in all that heaven allows.
if you've never seen it, jane wyman is a widow. she has 2 children in college. she dates a guy who's kind of dull.
then she dates a gardener named ron.
ron's handsome and, if you doubt it, played by rock hudson.
they fall madly in love. but he is a little younger than she is.
and it's the 50s so that becomes a huge deal when they decide to marry.
the local gossip spreads vicious rumors.
her daughter and son scream and whine and throw tantrums.
finally, jane tells rock they'll have to wait to get married until her kids can get used to it.
he refuses to wait and calls it off.
jane tells her son over the phone. he has about 2 seconds before he hangs up on her.
and that's just the foreshadowing.
they miss a holiday arrival and when they do arrive for christmas, the kids are full of their own plans. the son's going overseas, the daughter's getting married. the son wants to sell the house jane lives in, saying it's too big for 1 person.
jane realizes she's lost everything that mattered.
she's sad and tired and goes in for a check up.
she's not sick, the doctor says, she's suffering from life and specifically her decision. he tells her she wasn't scared of love she was scared of being in love.
'what good was your noble sacrifice?' the doctor asks her.
he tells her she needs to get back with ron (rock).
you'll have to see the movie.
it's a tear jerker.
and i love it.
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