“But where do you live mostly now?”
With the lost boys.”
Who are they?”
They are the children who fall out of their perambulators when the nurse is looking the other way. If they are not claimed in seven days they are sent far away to the Neverland to defray expenses. I’m captain.”
What fun it must be!”
Yes,” said cunning Peter, “but we are rather lonely. You see we have no female companionship.”
Are none of the others girls?”
Oh no; girls, you know, are much too clever to fall out of their prams.”
J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan
It’s been a busy month on this ever changing planet of ours, and the grim headlines just kept coming at us like the long winter that seemed to never end. And then, just when we’d had enough, actor, humanitarian, and perennially gorgeous George Clooney gave us all a collective break, or gasp, or sigh when someone who knew someone else announced to the world that HE IS FINALLY GETTING MARRIED.
Whew….glad he did that for us. Spring is here! I don’t know about you, but that particular news made me smile. Peter Pan, the head guy of the glorious and ageless guy band, “The Lost Boys”, has circled the airport long enough. He’s not only landed, he’s left the airport.
He’s landed before, for a very short time, back in the days of big hair and cassette tapes and all that. His bride was Talia Balsam, an actress who can now be occasionally seen on “Mad Men” with her real life husband, John Slattery, where they are known as Mona and her devilishly dapper ex husband, Roger Sterling. But….he’s been single so long, and so decidedly, famously, stubbornly single, no one really remembers that. But I had a feeling he might go there again. I guess, for whatever reason, I could see it coming, even if he didn’t.
Why did I see it coming? Why would he land now and why land at all? Despite his repeated protestations over the years, such as in 2006, when he said, “Marriage? Who knows? I’ve been married. It’s not something I’m looking out for,” the man is smart enough to know that things can change with time. Later on, he said, “But everything in my life has changed over periods of time … and the world does change.” It does indeed, George, and you change with it, sometimes. That’s what’s so scary, but also so cool about life itself.
Perhaps he landed now because he, like many of us, woke up one day and said, like many of us, “HOLY SHIT, I’M 50, and there is no Never Never Land!!!!!!” At that point, you know you can’t fly forever, but some of us keep trying. He was one of those who kept trying and kept flying.
It might have been that he got tired of being “Up in the Air”. (Sorry, that one just rolled out on the keyboard by itself… ) . “I’ve had some absolutely great relationships and some not so great relationships,” he told the Daily Mirror, though why anyone would tell anything to the Daily Mirror is perplexing to me. “I’ve been in some relationships where I’ve felt terribly alone. Just because you’re with someone it doesn’t mean you’re incredibly happy and complete.” Maybe….
Or he just found the right one, at the right time. When asked who the greatest love of his life was, I think last year, he said, “I haven’t met her yet”. Bingo. And, he most likely hadn’t. Until now. His fiancee, Amul Allamuddin is brainy, and accomplished, and stunningly beautiful and elegant. Perhaps she’s the Wendy that Peter Pan couldn’t fly away from.
Or maybe he just figured out what even Peter Pan himself knew about the Wendys of the world. I’ll let J.M. Barrie have the last word…
“Wendy,” Peter Pan continued in a voice that no woman has ever yet been able to resist, “Wendy, one girl is more use than twenty boys.”
I hope they both keep flying, and as Barrie said, “Second to the right, and straight on till morning.”