Columnist Gemma Stanton shares her favourite quote from the movie, The Holiday.
Columnist Gemma Stanton shares her favourite quote from the movie, The Holiday. STUART RAMSON

COLUMN: All good things are corny

AS WE move into the last few weeks of the year, it becomes for many a time of reflection of the year that's been.

A lady I used to work with told me of a ritual that her and her family participated in every year. Each of the members of the family would write down when something had happened in their life, big or small; something that they wanted to remember or share with each other at the end of the year together.

I'm not great at consistently completing tasks such as this. It reminds me of the statement about how many times you need to tell a teenager to do something before it actually sinks in.

And I guess I am now void from that statement and have been for some years, but anyway... I thought this was such a lovely ritual that this family participated in every year and a great way to remember and celebrate the different events that had occurred throughout each other's lives over the past year.

This kind of ritual also reminds me of the now quite common trend of "100 happy days" or "100 grateful days" that people on Facebook have been completing for the past few years.

The process with this is quite similar in ways.

Every day the person is to post a status on Facebook, stating why they are happy or grateful on that day.

So, for example, "Today I am happy to be alive in this flourishing, vibrant world and have another chance to live my wildest dreams. Today I also made rum balls and apricot balls for Christmas day. It's a beautiful day to be alive!"

Now these kinds of processes are, dare I say, a little bit corny but all the good things in this life are corny.

There's a lovely quote from the movie, The Holiday, where Iris, a young woman, receives a corsage from her elderly male friend Arthur and Arthur says: "If it's corny, or if it's going to ruin your outfit, you don't have to wear it." And Iris puts the corsage on and says, "I like corny. I'm looking for corny in my life."

I just love that whole scene and the raw beauty of her honesty and kindness towards Arthur. And what a great statement: "I'm looking for corny in my life."

Yes, I am on board. Bring on all the corny.



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