Thursday, July 14, 2016

Wish in one hand.

Writing Prompt: Write a blog post inspired by the word: wish



Geppeto wishes for a real boy, Aladdin's genie grants wishes, and in The Princess Bride (1987) Westley expresses love for Buttercup when he tells her, "As you wish."

Here's to "wish" in cinematic dialogue...


GUS PORTOKALOS
There are two kinds of people -- Greeks,
and everyone else who wish they was Greek.

I don't wish I was Greek, but I certainly wish to vacation there!


In Divergent (2014), citizens are classified as: Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), Erudite (the intelligent), Abnegation (the selfless), and Candor (the honest).

TRIS PRIOR
"Candor" value honesty and order.
They tell the truth,
even when you wish they wouldn't.

Yep, the truth can hurt.


I love Dory in Finding Nemo (2003). She's already conversed in whale, but awhile later when Marlin tries the language, she says...

DORY
Wow. I wish I could speak whale…

Sadly, sometimes my memory resembles hers. 

Where was I? Oh yeah..


From Jack Reacher (2012)...

JACK REACHER
… Look at the people.
Now tell me which ones are free.
Free from debt. Anxiety. Stress. Fear.
Failure. Indignity. Betrayal.
How many wish that they were
born knowing what they know now?

Count me in, Jack! Oh the mistakes I could correct... but then again... I'd just make new ones.


Did you pin any teen idols on your wall? I had Bobby Sherman, and Davy Jones in my room, so I get a kick out of this scene from The Parent Trap (1961). As Sharon watches Susan put a picture on the wall, she asks...

SHARON McKENDRICK
Who's that?

SUSAN EVERS
Are you kidding? Ricky Nelson?

SHARON McKENDRICK
Oh, your boyfriend.

SUSAN EVERS
I wish he was! You mean you've never
heard of him? Where do ya come from? 
Outer space?


A fun line from Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)...

JACK SPARROW
Captain, I wish to report a mutiny.
I can name fingers and point names.


In this scene, the Goonies (Goonies, 1985) gather coins from a wishing well, but Stef tells them to stop. Data and Mikey ask her "why?"

STEF
Because these are somebody else's wishes.
They're somebody else's dreams.

MOUTH
Yeah, but you know what?
This one,this one right here.
This was my dream, my wish.
And it didn't come true.
So I'm taking it back.
I'm taking them all back.

I tossed a coin in the Trevi Fountain with a wish to return to Rome. Hasn't happened yet. I'm still wishing.


A dear friend recently passed away, so I can relate to Forrest (Tom Hanks) when he speaks to Jenny's grave (Forrest Gump, 1994)...

FORREST GUMP
Mama always said, dying was a part of life.
I sure wish it wasn't.

Me too, Forrest. I wish that too.


Jiminy Cricket sings, "When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are, anything your heart desires will come to you." 

Um hmm, right.  Well, my mama always said, "Wish in one hand and spit in the other. See which one fills up fastest."


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14 comments:

  1. I absolutely love your spin on this prompt! And fantastic movie choices. I adore the Goonies! Such a classic!
    Actually all the movies are. I just took my son to see the new Finding Dory and although I really disliked Finding Nemo (with a passion) I really liked the new one. Perhaps it's because Dory is the best character in the movie ;)
    I have terrible memory too.

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    1. I saw Finding Dory, too! Loved it. Like you said, she is the best character in Finding Nemo,

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  2. What a wonderful way to write on the prompt! I LOVE it!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I had fun writing the post, glad you enjoyed it.

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  3. I really liked your take on this prompt! Stopping by from Mama Kat's.

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    1. Glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. This was a fun walk down memory lane of movies! FYI, take that trip to Greece - I've been and it's amazing. Thx for stopping by my link, I hope you enjoy Sherman Alexie's book :)

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    1. Thanks for your comments, Andrea. I am anxious to see Greece!

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  5. Those are some powerful quotes! I love how you weaved the word wish through it all!

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    1. Thank you! And thank you for the wonderful writing prompts each week!

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  6. Love this post! Great quotes and I like your creative take on "wish" - Incidentally, I have a great-grandcat named Wish.

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    1. YIKES! Trudy, I posted this from my office computer and it doesn't have my name. You were probably wondering who in the world this is.

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    2. You're right... at first I was wondering why Wyoming State Energy was contacting me! hahaha. Thanks for identifying yourself!

      I got a chuckle out of your "great-grandcat" named Wish. I have a some granddoggers, but no great-granddoggers yet. Oh wait. Maybe I do! My grandchildren recently adopted a dog from the shelter. Would that be a great-granddogger?

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    3. Yes, that is a great-granddogger! Welcome to the club.

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