The Movie: The Cider House Rules, 1997 (John Irving, screenwriter, from his novel; Lasse Hallstrom, dir.)
Who says it: Michael Caine as Dr. Wilbur Larch, head of the St. Cloud orphanage and sometime abortionist
The context: This is Larch’s nightly blessing on the boys who live in his orphanage, who have no family but Maine.
How to use it: Handy for farewells in this part of the country.
Anna's friend Joycie, from Australia, is staying here too. Last night we alternated between watching the baseball game and going outside to look at the lunar eclipse. It's so dark up here. I lay on the grass for a minute, until it got too cold, and looked at the Milky Way. Dizzy didn't like it, he thought I was hurt or crazy -- and sometimes I am, but not last night.
Tom and I speculated the other day -- and my brother Ed was talking about this last weekend -- about whether people really will die now that the Red Sox have won the World Series. The TV newscasters have been trotting all these ancient Red Sox fans out over the past week, and they all say, "Once they win the World Series, I can die happy."
But what does this mean? Are they really all planning to die now? "Think of all the medical resources that would free up," Tom said.