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  • She started to talk and I said, "Listen,

  • I'm going to deliver a speech," I said, "at the end,

  • you're going to want to go home."

  • I said, "You represent a dirty 4-letter word."

  • I said, "That word is 'love.'"

  • I says, "If we're going anywhere,

  • we're going down the aisle because I'm too tired,

  • too sick, and too sore to do any other damn thing."

  • And she turned around and she said,

  • "Oh, of course I'll marry you."

  • And the next morning, I called her

  • as early as I possibly could --

  • ANNIE: And he always gets up early.

  • -[Laughing] To make sure

  • she hadn't changed her mind, and she hadn't.

  • And every year, on April 22nd, around 3:00,

  • I call her and ask her, if it was today,

  • would she do it again and, so far,

  • the answer's been the same.

  • ANNIE: Yeah, 25 times, "Yes." [Laughs]

  • DANNY: You see, the thing of it is,

  • I always feel guilty when I say "I love you" to you

  • and I say it so often.

  • I say it to remind you that, as dumpy as I am,

  • it's coming from me -- it's like hearing

  • a beautiful song from a busted old radio

  • and it's nice of you to keep the radio around the house.

  • -If I don't have a note on the kitchen table,

  • I think there's something wrong.

  • You write a love letter to me every morning.

  • -Well, the only thing that could possibly be wrong is

  • I couldn't find a silly pen.

  • ANNIE: "To my princess:

  • the weather out today is extremely rainy.

  • I'll call you at 11:20 in the morning" --

  • DANNY: It's a romantic weather report.

  • ANNIE: "And I love you, I love you, I love you."

  • DANNY: When a guy is happily married,

  • no matter what happens at work, no matter what happens

  • in the rest of the day, there's a shelter

  • when you get home, there's a knowledge,

  • knowing that you can hug somebody

  • without them throwing you down the stairs

  • and saying "Get your hands off me."

  • Being married is like having a color television set --

  • you never want to go back to black and white.

  • The illness is not hard on me.

  • It's just, you know, the finality of it.

  • And him? He goes along like a trooper.

  • Listen, even downhill, a car doesn't roll unless it's pushed

  • and you're giving me a great push.

  • The deal of it is we try to give each other hope --

  • and not hope that I'll live,

  • hope that you'll do well after I pass,

  • hope that people will support her,

  • hope that, if she meets somebody and likes him, she marries him.

  • -You know, he has everything planned, you know.

  • -I'm working on her.

  • She said it was her call --

  • she wants to walk out behind the casket alone.

  • I guess that's the way to do it, because,

  • when we were married --

  • You know how your brother takes you down,

  • your father takes you down?

  • She said, "Well, I don't know which

  • of my brothers to walk in with.

  • I don't want to offend anybody."

  • I says, "I got a solution."

  • I said, "You walk in with me, you walk out with me."

  • And the other day, I said, "Who's going to walk

  • down the aisle with you behind the casket?"

  • You know, to support her.

  • And she said, "Nobody. I walked in with you alone,

  • [Tearfully] I'm walking out with you alone."

  • ANNIE: Mm-hmm.

  • DANNY: There's a thing in life,

  • where you have to come to terms with dying.

  • Well, I haven't come to terms with dying yet.

  • I want to come to terms with being sure that you understand

  • that my love for you, up to this point,

  • was as much as it could be

  • and it'll be as much as it could be for eternity.

  • I always said the only thing I have to give you

  • is a poor gift and it's myself.

  • And I always gave it.

  • And if there's a way to come back and give it,

  • I'll do that, too.

  • Do you have the Valentine's Day letter there?

  • -Yeah.

  • "My dearest wife: This is a very special day.

  • It is a day on which we share our love,

  • which still grows after all these years.

  • Now, that love is being used by us

  • to sustain us through these hard times.

  • All my love, all my days, and more.

  • Happy Valentine's Day."

  • [Crying] I could write on and on about her.

  • She lights up the room in the morning

  • hen she tells me to put both hands on her shoulders

  • so she can support me.

  • She lights up my life when she says to me at night,

  • "Wouldn't you like a little ice cream?"

  • or "Would you please drink more water?"

  • I mean, those aren't very romantic things to say,

  • but they stir my heart.

  • In my mind, in my heart, there has never been,

  • there is not now, and never will be,

  • another Annie.

She started to talk and I said, "Listen,

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    Fu Jung Lai posted on 2012/12/20
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