What I’m going to post below is something we all will find relateable to, cus’ we’re all afraid to open up again, once someone breaks our heart.
I am watching Home Alone 2 and even though it is a comedy, I really like the meaningful exchange of words between Kevin and the Bird Lady and can kind of relate to it to an extent. It is delightful to see how, in the very opening of the film, and during a visit to Central Park, Kevin is scared by the appearance of a woman tending to pigeons. The story later on unfolds into a very beautiful plot in the end when again Kevin got stuck in the Central Park, and again he comes across the pigeon lady. When Kevin gets his foot caught while running away, she frees him. The pair observe a local orchestra performance together and Kevin learns how her life has fallen apart and how she dealt with it by taking care of the pigeons in the park. Kevin vows to the pigeon lady that he will be her friend, and offers her the second turtledove to commemorate the eternal friendship. Here, take a look at their conversation –
Bird Lady: I wasn’t always like this, you know?
Kevin: What were you like before?
Bird Lady: I had a job. I had a home. I had a family.
Kevin: Any kids?
Bird Lady – No. I wanted them. But the man I loved fell out of love with me. That broke my heart. When the chance to be loved came along again, I ran away from it. I stopped trusting people.
Kevin : No offense, but that seems like sort of a dumb thing to do.
Bird Lady: I was afraid of getting my heart broken again. Sometimes you can trust a person, and then, when things are down, they forget about you.
Kevin : Maybe they’re just too busy. Maybe they don’t forget about you, but they forget to remember you. People don’t mean to forget. My grandfather says if my head wasn’t screwed on, I’d leave it on the school bus.
Bird Lady: I’m just afraid if I do trust someone, I’ll get my heart broken.
Kevin: I understand. I had a nice pair of Rollerblades. I was afraid to wreck them, so I kept them in a box. Do you know what happened? I outgrew them. I never wore them outside. Only in my room a few times.
Bird Lady: A person’s heart and feelings are very different than skates.
Kevin: They’re kind of the same thing. If you won’t use your heart, who cares if it gets broken? If you just keep it to yourself, maybe it’ll be like my Rollerblades. When you do decide to try it, it won’t be any good. You should take a chance. Got nothing to lose.
Bird Lady: Little truth in there somewhere.
Kevin: I think so. Your heart might still be broken, but it isn’t gone. If it was gone, you wouldn’t be so nice.