well. for music, this is easy. the song that mark and sharlotte so beautifully played for the processional at our wedding.
i always think that "somewhere over the rainbow/wonderful world," which was our last-dance song, will be the one that gets me, but "simple gifts" came on my iphone the other day while i was driving (i had it playing through the stereo, not headphones while driving!), and i turned into a giant puddle of sentiment. srsly. it was like it happened yesterday--i could remember exactly how i felt waiting on the sidewalk with my father, greeting a few late guests and laughing at my father's attempts to keep me calm, trying to sneak a peek inside at andrew, listening and watching for the signal to start walking in. when i heard mark and sharlotte beginning to play, all the anticipation and emotion of the day welled up. i had to focus on not tripping while walking up the brick walk because, well, i'm me and i trip on nothing. but that music made me so happy! thanks, m+s :)
tv shows that remind me of certain events are tougher, of course. who's watching tv when something memorable happens? oh, that's right. i was watching "today" when the planes hit the world trade center towers.
i tivoed the coverage all day. i saved that recording for years and watched it every now and then. i had some kind of even-though-i-wasn't-there ptsd from that (remember that i don't watch violent, sad, or suspenseful tv or movies because i get too emotionally involved? yeah, that). so i made myself delete it last year or the year before. my stomach doesn't get quite the pit of lead any more when i see a low-flying plane (or any plane) that it used to, though it does still kind of, if i'm honest.
and movies that remind me of certain events. "magnolia," "american beauty," and "a beautiful mind" all remind me of falling in love with andrew. "american beauty" i'd seen just before i met him and used that as the headline for the match.com ad that i had running when i found him.
still one of my favorite movies. ever. fantastic.
"magnolia" we saw on one of our early dates. the soundtrack is some of the rare music that we both love. aimee mann ftw.
and "a beautiful mind" we saw on another early date. i was sick and missed some key scenes because i kept leaving to go to the bathroom. but it reminded me of us because he's so ridiculously smart and i just love him.
and falling in love with andrew is probably the best thing that ever happened to me. marrying him is the best decision i ever made, but falling in love with him kind of just happened to me.