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Although it has been weeks since the Season 8 premiere of How I Met Your Mother (and the rumors that this could be the show’s last season), I can’t stop thinking about it. A certain scene of the episode has sparked many a conversation between me and just about everyone I know- friends, co-workers, family, you name it. It was certainly a hot topic at this Thanksgiving weekend’s holiday dinner…that and tonight’s return of True Blood’s Joe Manganiello!
In the premiere episode, Ted goes to deliver a “leaving you at the alter” letter to Klaus, Victoria’s soon to be ex-fiancé, only to discover Klaus was planning on leaving Victoria at the alter himself. When Ted asks Klaus why he didn’t want to spend eternity with Victoria, the perfect girl, Klaus tells him in so many words, Victoria is not his “lifelong treasure of destiny”. She’s almost the thing he wants, but not quite. When Ted asks how he is sure she won’t become that person for him over the years. Klaus says, “It isn’t something that develops over time. It is something that happens instantaneously. It courses through you like the water in a river after a storm. Filling you and emptying you all at once. You feel it throughout your body; in your hands, in your heart, in your stomach, in your skin.” When he asks Ted if he has ever felt that way about someone, Ted replies that he thinks he has. Klaus quickly lets him know that if he has to think about it, he hasn’t felt it and he will know when he has found the one beyond a shadow of a doubt.
Once I got over how romantic that concept seemed, I got curious how many people I knew considered their significant other to be their “lifelong treasure of destiny”. Is it too much to ask to have that weak in the knees, heart in your throat kind of love and have it last? Do you wait for that person who makes you feel that way or do you find someone that is nice, reliable and who you know will always be around? The answers I got were troubling.
For the most part they all agreed that while they have had that feeling before, the person they were now with wasn’t their “lifelong treasure of destiny”, but they were happy with their choice because it seemed to be the most stable. This topic still makes me wonder if this is the norm in today’s society. Does the person exist that does it all for you, the nice, dependable reliable person who sometimes takes your breath away when they walk into a room and you can’t wait to curl up next to at night?
I hope so, because I don’t want to live in a world where it only exists in fairytales and movies. Thank you How I Met Your Mother for not only being an extremely well written show, but for keeping the hope alive through thick and thin you can still end up with the whole package.
Speaking of the whole package…Don’t forget to tune in for the return of Joe Manganiello who appears in a two-epsiode arc as Brad, Marshall’s law school buddy who has tricked his way into stealing Marshall’s strategy for his firms current case. Brad uses an interesting approach, lets just say a strategically placed buttocks to pick up a dropped pen, before a jury of twelve horny women. The episode “Twelve Horny Women” airs tonight at 8pm.
One thing that everyone can agree on is the hope that this isn’t the last season for the CBS show. I am not ready to let these characters go just yet!