Thursday, April 2, 2015
Verizon Presents: The Saddest Commercial of All Time
Here's something everyone who has ever been in love and has had that love returned has in common: Each and every one of us can remember the exact moment that the object of our affection first said "I love you."
In my case, it was a slight variation on the phrase- she said "I think I'm falling in love with you." I will never, ever forget what I was doing at the moment, or what that statement did to my heart, or what I said in response. Never.
The horrible people in this ad will, I suppose, never quite forget that moment, either. If things work out, they'll someday tell their children that they heard it over a tablet's speakers. They did not reach out and touch or kiss their Suddenly Very Significant Other because she was just a voice in a box. By that time- ten or fifteen or twenty years from now- I doubt the kids will think that there's anything strange about this at all. It will seem perfectly normal- "when did mommy first say she loved you- was it in a phone conversation, or a conversation streaming over your tablet, or did she text it, or tweet it, or did she leave it as a message on Facebook, Daddy?"
I'm so glad I was born when I did, so that the woman I will love for all of my life said those words right next to me, whispering them into my ear, instead of into an electronic device, hoping that some phone or cable company managed to get them to me before our call/video chat was dropped.
Sometimes I wish I was younger. Not today.