You are wonderful, this sea of you who read my words.
Peter and I have been so overwhelmed by the outpouring of your hearts in response to sharing his story on Monday.
You have written to tell us about your stories, your families, your celebrations, and your victories over the same battle. Some of you are saying it out loud for the first time.
It’s a risk to put something out into the world like that. And you caught it safely, with both hands.
I knew you would. We have a long history of life together, you and me, on both sides of this screen.
In other news, it’s been a big week of conversations here. Peter confessed that he doesn’t like the Gilmore Girls. For a solid moment, I wasn’t sure we could continue.
He said, “I don’t. I’m sorry. I do not like them. And I don’t know why you do. That Lorelei is one long series of bad decisions.”
I paused for a moment to gather myself. One does not respond to these things quickly. Slow to anger, Tricia.
“Well, Peter, good decisions do not a plot make.”
“Tricia, if she were a real person –”
“Peter, she is a real person.”
“Tricia, she is not a real person, and if she were, you would not spend time with her. She talks incessantly, and those people make you tired.”
“It’s called witty banter.”
“It’s called annoying.”
“Trish, I’m onto you. It’s not Lorelei that you love so much. It’s that Amy Palladino who created her. Palamino. Palmonko. Palapopodoplous. Whatever. You know who I mean. That writer. She’s the one you really love.”
(Maybe I don’t know how to separate the creator from the created. I do not see this as a character flaw.)
He said, “We can keep watching the series if you need to.”
“I don’t need to. Not if you’re over there criticizing my friends.”
Silence. He may have rolled his eyes regarding the blurry lines between reality and fantasy.
I offered an alternative with the remote control in my hand. “We could finish Parenthood.”
“Oh, then I have another confession. It’s time I told you. Sarah Braverman is no better than Lorelei. And I cannot handle Crosby Braverman.”
You guys. This. It might be too much.