Sunday, September 21, 2008

Mary Tyler Moore


I've started watching the Mary Tyler Moore Show on hulu.com. I'm about eight episodes in to season one, and already I'm charmed. Wikipedia calls it one of the best sitcoms of all time. I can see that. It's about Mary Richards, a girl who'd been putting her boyfriend through medical school, until she realized he was graduating but still wasn't going to marry her. So she took off for a new life--and got a new job as, she was boggled, an associate producer of a news show--in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her new day had dawned.

The opening credits are this lovely montage. Pictures of Mary Richards/Tyler Moore driving off in her car, alone, overlaid by images of her last days at work, the party that bid her goodbye, packing her things up. And she gets to Minneapolis and she wanders the streets in her fur-lined hooded overcoat and in the end, she's surrounded by the people of her new city, who walk by busily, and she revels in it all and throws her mod beret triumphantly into the sky. Mary Tyler Moore. You're going to make it after all.

I start work tomorrow. I'm a new girl in a new city, with a job title that sounds incomprehensibly adult to me. I'll go to work tomorrow, put on my new clothes (no beret), and hope that when I'm pushed on the metro and passed by others busily walking by I'll feel triumphant and not just infinitesmally alone.

Resolution #1: Be like Mary Tyler Moore. Make it after all.

How will you make it on your own?
Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem
worthwhile?
Well it’s you girl, and you should know it
With each glance and every little movement you show it
Love is all around, no need to waste it
You can have a town, why don’t you take it
You’re gonna make it after all
How will you make it on your own?
This world is awfully big, girl this time you’re all alone
But it’s time you started living
It’s time you let someone else do some giving
Love is all around, no need to waste it
You can have a town, why don’t you take it
You might just make it after all.

5 comments:

rachel said...

You can totally be Mary Tyler Moore! And for the record, I used to stay up way late at night (in other words early morning) watching that show and sewing my bellbottoms and other strange clothes. Good times.

Rebecca Smylie said...

I thought about you several times today and hoped hoped hoped it was a fabulous day. You're going to win no matter what. You always have.

Kandie & Keith said...

What exactly is your new job? I've searched back a ways, but must have missed the posting. Your blog is a lot of fun--very much like you!
Love, Your Aunt Kandie in Japan

Kris said...

Hi there - I don't know you from Adam but I was sharing my thoughts about Mary Tyler Moore with some of my friends on facebook today. I'm 46 and was a big fan when it aired originally. 'You're gonna make it after all' is a phrase always in my heart. I was googling a picture of Mary tossing her hat and your blog came up which I just read. You have wonderful writing skills and I wish you all the best in your life's journey.

Kris said...

ps I am really new to the world of blogging so if you look at my page I haven't done anything other than play with the prettiness.