Monday, October 30, 2006

And now for something completely different....Why Ferris Bueller's Day Off is my favourite movie.

It may seem like an odd choice, agirl who likes old movies and old books and making quilts... who chooses an 80's icon as her favourite. Well everything seems to putting Ferris at the forefront of my thoughts this week so I think that means I am meant to blog.

A long , long time ago in a High School Life far far away.. I was blessed to be given two best friends. They both attended my big High School but were essentially rural and Church based girls like me. We all soon started playing tennis together, joined a district non-denominational youth group and spent as much time together as possible. This friendship was to continue throughout our whole High School life, through boyfriends, and more boyfriends and in those boyfriendless times, our trio worked well. We often included others but always remained together. 1986 was our heyday, TL's parents had split up and she was now based in the town, therefore we and our wider group of friends were also based in town. Weekends were spent watching videos at her house in between part-time jobs and eating a lot of garlic pizza which was about all we could ever afford. She had a cool, yet responsible, Mum and we were comfortable. We were so comfortable in fact that we spent one of the best weekends of my life there. We spent an entire weekend watching Ferris Bueller's Day Off, the movie we loved at the time and we knew every word. I'm not sure we got out of our Jamies and we ate a lot of pizza but it was great.

Now we will roll forward a few years.....
The friendships always remained but LA and I married, TL chose an Accounting career and remained single, SCUBA Diving, sailing and leading a different life to us. We still caught up, never missed a birthday, etc. etc but were waiting for TL to join our stage of life and then the phone call came......
A little over 4 years ago there was a terrible yachting accident off the Australian Coast. A brand new yacht was being bought back to Melbourne, the keel snapped off and though 2 were rescued TL and others were lost at sea. I spent time during the "lost" phase with my other friend LA, we made up photo books and had them printed for her family because we were the photo takers and we had the story of her life. We also spoke read at her Memorial. The most poignant moment for me however, was this, her Mother showed me her profile in her emplyee of the month magazine, on it she was asked to list her favourite movie and even though we had drifted and she lead her wonderfully exciting life, there in black and white she had written," Ferris Bueller's day Off"-and I knew that would always be mine as well.

So this week, when I watched Ferris while making that Moda quilt (and cried) and tonight the TV show, "That was the Year" highlighted 1986 and Ferris, I felt like it was a good time to hop on the phone to TL, but I can't so I told you instead. So go and ring that friend you haven't heard from for a few months..I wish I could.Tracey

5 comments:

Tonya R said...

When that movie came out I saw it five times in the theater in one week. So sorry about your friend.

Angie said...

Oh Tracey, how very touching...and so sad...so sorry about the loss of your friend.

Libby said...

So sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. It's nice to know that you have fond memories and that you learned she held those same memories dear.

Sweet P said...

Thanks for sharing a difficult story with us. And special thanks for the reminder we should call our friends every once in a while.

Sue said...

Hi Tracey,
I was glad to see you visit again on Halloween..
This story was very touching and indeed a wonderful reminder to stay in close contact with dear friends.
I'm so very sorry for the loss of your friend.
((hugs))