Did anyone else notice that they had a Star Wars thing on TNT this weekend? No? Just me?
Oh good. My nerd is showing, I guess.
Guess what? TNT had a big Star Wars marathon-ish thing and they were showing all the old Star Wars with Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fischer. I love those so much, like way more than the other new ones that explained about Anakin Skywalker. In fact, to be honest, I haven't really even seen them because I disliked them so much I couldn't sit through them. There you go.
My point to all this is, as I was watching the movie, I was thinking about how Princess Leia is this take charge, super smart, go getter, and Han Solo is this sorta lazy, sarcastic, but courageous guy, and yet everyone wanted them to be together and cheered when it happened!
When you move to the Harry Potter stories, and you have Hermione, who is this take charge, super smart, go getter, and you put her with Ron, who was sorta lazy, sarcastic, but courageous guy, everyone was/is going nuts that she should have ended up with Harry.
So that got me thinking about couples, and what attracts us to and keeps us engaged with, another person. First off, let me say that I love the Leia/Han Solo, Hermione/Ron pairings. And every time I hear that J.K. Rowling thinks now that she doesn't think that Hermione would be with Ron because he wasn't smart enough for her, I just cringe. Really? That's all that we can see in people, is how smart they are? Why aren't his other qualities enough to keep them together, such as being fiercely loyal, courageous, willing to sacrifice, and empathetic? Why is it only on intelligence that we decided if they are compatible? I would think that these other qualities would also recommend a person to be a good companion in your life. Don't you think?
It also made me think of our lesson in Relief Society (sniff, sniff!) on Sunday. We talked about how to make and keep your marriage strong, even have a celestial marriage in a crazy world. One of the things the teacher brought up was we need to try looking for the good in your partner, lifting them up by complimenting them and making them feel appreciated and loved, just as we want to feel appreciated and loved. Any marriage can by a heavenly marriage as long as we are willing to overlook petty faults, and talk only about real problems, and compromise, compromise, compromise! I cannot say enough that what you put into the marriage comes back to you.
As such, I think that Ron and Hermione can have a great life together. She will be the serious side, giving Ron an anchor and a push in his life, and Ron will bring the laughter and will help Hermione lighten up and lift her burdens.
People, I can think what I want. And they lived happily ever after.
(Please remember that Harry Potter runs with me every day, so I think about these guys often....:/ )