Can men and women be just friends?
The first time Harry met Sally, he said to her, “Men and women can’t be friends because no man can be friends with a woman that he finds attractive. He always wants to have sex with her.” (Please guys, tell me this isn’t true.) Sally disagreed and found him to be obnoxious. He, on the other hand, found her to be very high-maintenance. So they didn’t hook up on that first meeting.
The second time they met, they were both committed to other people. Harry still stood by what he said to her the first time. She still found him obnoxious.
The third time they met, they just broke up with their partners. They became friends, and later on they actually became the best of friends, being able to tell each other about anything, including how they feel about the people they were dating. But they kept denying their attraction for each other.
I love When Harry Met Sally. The actors look so young. Meg Ryan was so pretty. Billy Crystal was funny without even trying to. Harry Connick Jr, who sang the theme song It Had To Be You, also looked so young and handsome. And I love that famous scene in the restaurant when Sally faked an orgasm just to prove to Harry that women do fake it. And then the woman on the other table said, “I’ll have what she’s having.” That was hilarious.
But really, is it possible for a man and a woman to be friends without turning into a romantic relationship? In Harry and Sally’s case, they became friends first, but there was obviously an attraction even at the beginning.
This reminds me of a Home Improvement episode when Jill had a guy in her book club. Her husband, Tim, was jealous when Jill and the guy went out one night to attend an event that they were both interested in. Tim wasn’t really interested in books, you see. But Jill assured him that he wasn’t interested in the guy in a romantic way.
Which brings me to another question. Can you love somebody and yet be inspired by another? And I’m not talking about being inspired by a celebrity or famous person. I meant being inspired by somebody you know personally. Would that be wrong?
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