Say My Name

The Goddess and I sat down to watch some homegrown drama the other night and within two minutes my gut began to writhe, and it wasn’t from overindulging chocolate cake:

EXT. BEACH – DAY

CARL and DI, both in their forties, married twenty years now, walk hand in hand along the sand, as they admire the beautiful sunset.

DI

Carl?

CARL

Yes, Di?

DI

Do you love me, Carl?

CARL

Why do you ask, Di?

Riddle me this: when you talk with your partner/lover/friend – acquaintance, even – who you’ve known for a minimum of six months, do you say their name with every sentence directed at them?

Didn’t think so.

Then why do I keep seeing it in homegrown drama?

Why can’t exchanges just be:

EXT. BEACH – SUNSET

DI

Carl?

CARL

Mm?

DI

Do you love me?

CARL

What the hell kinda question is that?

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2 Replies to “Say My Name”

    1. a dramatic question! a question that we can ACT OUT on! and then our broadcaster can hard-sell their/our captive audience on tampons/banking-products/masterbuild-homes/heating-ducts for five fucking minutes before we return to Carl and Di… or do we instead return to the B-story of Edmond and Francis, gay astronauts abroad…?

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