February 13, 2012
Fairy Tales or Reality
“And they lived happily ever after....”. All of us have either had fairy tales read to us as child or
have either watched movies that have the same affect on our thought process. In the story, “The Love of My Life”, it is obvious that the two teenagers' love for each other colors everything around them. It also colors how they view life. You will see how their misconceptions of life have come about. The story tells of two teenagers' concept of a perfect world. Then their perfect world comes crashing down due to carelessness and life suddenly looks different. Reality sets in, but only to one of them. China and Jeremy are consumed with each other. They are inseparable and seemed to live life to the fullest. “They wore each other like a pair of socks.” (Boyle, 381). With no boundaries set by their parents, they made their own rules. It would appear by the descriptive, planned time together that they saw life was to be like it is played out on television or in the movies. A romanticized view of a perfect life when you are in love. “She kept thinking of the way it was in the movies, where the stars ambushed each other on beds the size of small planets and then did it again and again until they lay nestled in a heap of pillows and blankets, her head on his chest, his arm flung over her shoulder, the music fading away to individual notes plucked softly on a guitar and everything in the frame glowing as if it had been sprayed with liquid gold. That was how it was supposed to be.” (Boyle, 381). The two of them have their lives mapped out. Their good grades have paid off. Both are getting into good colleges. China obsessed with being better than some in her class. Even though she got accepted to the college of her choice, she still views herself better than some. She strives to achieve that status, because that's the way it should be in her mind. Jeremy tries to get her to relax and live life. So they...