“If it starts with anything it oughta begin by being personal.” – Nora Ephron

Everybody has a favorite Nora Ephron movie. Mine is “You’ve Got Mail.”

I was driving in my car recently and told my 20 year old daughter that I think in the cadence of the movie “You’ve Got Mail.”


“You’ve Got Mail” moment No. 3

“I didn’t know the movie had a cadence,” she said.


Joe Fox: You know, sometimes I wonder…

Kathleen Kelly: What?

Joe Fox: Well… if I hadn’t been Fox Books and you hadn’t been The Shop Around the Corner,  and you and I had just, well, met…

Kathleen Kelly: I know.


Joe Fox: Yeah. I would have asked for your number, and I wouldn’t have been able to wait twenty-four hours before calling you and saying, “Hey, how about… oh, how about some coffee or, you know, drinks or dinner or a movie… for as long as we both shall live?”

Kathleen Kelly: Joe…

Joe Fox: And you and I would have never been at war. And the only thing we’d fight about would be which video to rent on a Saturday night.

Kathleen Kelly: Well, who fights about that?

Joe Fox: Well, some people. Not us.

Kathleen Kelly: We would never.

Joe Fox: If only.

Kathleen Kelly: [pause] I gotta go.

Joe Fox: Well, let me ask you something. How can you forgive this guy for standing you up and not forgive me for this tiny little thing of… of putting you out of business?

[Kathleen starts to cry]

Joe Fox: Oh, how I wish you would.

Kathleen Kelly: I really have to go.

Joe Fox: Yeah, well… you don’t want to be late.

RIP Nora Ephron.

“It would be a shame to miss springtime in New York.” – Joe Fox

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