How many of you ever had an imaginary friend?
Oh really, that many of you!?!
Okay, how many of you ever had/have an imaginary boyfriend? Hmmm. Not so many hands? I think it’s actually pretty common, though people aren’t as open to admit to it.
Okay, lets try this- How many of you ever snuggled into bed at night imagining being held, kissed, and basically adored by that cute boy at school or the mall?
Yeah, you know what I’m talking about. That imaginary relationship where Mr. X sees right past all that surface stuff like, your big honk of a nose or little potato chip ears into the real TRUE fabulous you and your beautiful buried treasure of a heart.
Insert swoon here.
Bring out the manwich. Yeah, you know what I’m talking about. Check, check, double-check. Okay then. Ha haa My goodness. All right calm down, HEY everybody back in your seats. Well ~ well . . . . see? You’re not alone.
Here’s an enchanting love story set in the early 1900’s. Lucy Muir is a recent young widow with a darling little girl. Without her husband, she is stuck living with her bossy, meddling in-laws. She ventures out in search of a new freer life and happens upon a picturesque seaside chateau called Gull Cottage. Filmed in California, the house is situated on the coastline surrounded by breath taking scenery. It’s surprisingly affordable, must be a catch. Well, the catch is that it’s haunted by the fearsome cantankerous ghost of the rugged sea captain that was rumored to have committed suicide there. Given the prospect of staying cooped up with her suffocating family or living with a cranky ghost and having her freedom, Lucy chooses the ghost. Is he really a ghost or is he the man of her dreams? That oh so needed one ~ the one that Lucy’s been yearning for? Rex Harrison . . . whew! is at his most dangerously dashing as the sexy, salty sea captain that’s been chasing away the faint of heart from his seaside home. Our Lucy, however does not scare easy. Instead she has it out with the gruff ghost. She’s not getting shagged out. She ultimately strikes a deal with him that includes . . . sleeping in his master bedroom with both, his giant mambo telescope AND giant manly portrait staring down at her while she’s in bed. Hmmm, interesting. She does coyly cover up the portrait while she’s disrobing for bed. Oh heavens. The lovely Gene Tierney plays our independent, plucky and out-spoken heroine in this 1947 romantic fantasy. Natalie Wood is cast as her sweet little daughter. The relationship blossoms between the Ghost and Mrs. Muir, as he “ghost-writes” the novel that becomes a smash hit and provides Lucy with financial freedom. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is a delight, alternating tender love and admiration with some great comedic moments. I won’t give away the end, you’ll just have to rent the movie and watch it for yourself.
Here’s a thought for you to ponder while you enjoy this black and white classic:
Can romantic fantasies actually nurture and heal our sweet lonely broken hearts?
Might they keep us SAFE in a cocoon until we are ready to take flight into the real world? Or do they hold us captive . . . with the alluring promise of a no-risk love in a make-believe world of our own making? Hmmm.
Maybe they have the power to do both. Maybe we can use the lovely lift to seek testing out our dreams without taking up residence in dreamland?
I wish you, I wish YOU Sweet Dreams Ladies. But even more I wish you Sweet LIVES of True Love and great Adventure those things that dreamy DREAMS are made of. . . . x!
I wrote a column in a teen magazine of movie reviews on selected films for a couple years.