“Where John (Sidney Poitier) made his mistake I think was in attaching so much importance to what her mother and I might think… because in the final analysis it doesn’t matter a damn what we think. The only thing that matters is what they feel, and how much they feel, for each other. And if it’s half of what we felt (the parents) – that’s everything.” ~Spencer Tracy in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”
One of my all time favorite movies is ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ with Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, and Sidney Poitier. Released in 1967 this film showed a rare but positive representation of the controversial subject of inter-racial marriage. And the final speech from the father to his family and friends is a memorable, tear jerking, thought-provoking, and loving speech ever given. To this day, I can still think about what he said and cry.
When I sat down to write about LOVE, since we are in the LOVE month of February, this movie came to mind. The love he felt for his daughter was really all that mattered. What his friends or family thought didn’t matter. He remembered back when him and his wife first met, fell in love, and how strong that love was and if his daughter loved just half of that love, then that was everything! Can you imagine feeling half of that love and it be everything? I can. Even Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy had that kind of love for one another which was also poignant for the movie. This was their final movie together. He died 17 days after filming this movie. Hepburn never saw the completed version of the movie because she said the memories of Tracy were too painful.
Even though the movie was about inter-racial marriage back in a time (1967) where is was still illegal in 17 states to marry – it really had another message of love and the power of love. That is the message that stayed with me – not the other.
A person’s skin tone does not matter. God made each one of us special, beautiful and a different color of the rainbow. We are to love one another just as we would love ourselves. We are all beautiful to God! Love strong, without prejudice, and make it matter to you!
Love with Rainbow Glasses,