Like everyone else in the world who has a heart beating inside their chest and grew up watching ABC Family, I love Practical Magic. It’s one of my all-time favorite movies, and I watch it every year (multiple times usually) around Halloween.
The whole thing is pretty damn perfect as far as I’m concerned, but the one part that always REALLY gets me is Sally waxing poetic in her her letter to Gillian about her yearning, aching hunger.
“Sometimes I feel like there’s a hole inside of me, an emptiness that at times seems to burn. I think if you lifted my heart to your ear, you could probably hear the ocean. The moon tonight, there’s a circle around it. Sign of trouble not far behind. I have this dream of being whole. Of not going to sleep each night, wanting. But still sometimes, when the wind is warm or the crickets sing…I dream of a love that even time will lie down and be still for. I just want someone to love me. I want to be seen. I don’t know. Maybe I had my happiness. I don’t want to believe it but, there is no man, Gilly. Only that moon.”
Oh, how I’ve felt that. How I still feel it. Every word. Babe Robin Swicord knocked it absolutely out of the park on that one. Damn. What a scene. What a movie. What a time to be alive.