In honour of Lauren Graham’s new book, Talking As Fast As I Can, I’m sharing my favourite Lorelai Gilmore moment today!
On Love and War and Snow, there’s this scene where Lane’s hormones get the best of her and it leads her to touch her crush’s hair, without his permission…
Embarrassed that she just made a fool of herself in front of her crush and schoolmates, Lane runs away.
School will have to wait.
Now Lane Kim has only one thing in her mind: a no holds barred girl talk.
But there’s a problem.
Star Hollows is plagued by a blistering snowstorm – her best friend, Rory Gilmore, is stuck in her grandparents’ house.
Because desperate times call for desperate measures, Lane turns to Rory’s mum, Lorelai, for advice.
And it’s the best pep talk a teen could ever have:
“You have so many years of screw-ups ahead of you, view this as a trial run for really grown-up humiliation… Everyone does stupid things in high school, it’s like a requirement. Yeah, everybody screws up, Lane. That’s what happens. It’s what you do with the screw-ups, it’s how you handle the experience, that’s what you should judge yourself by. I have a great life and an amazing kid. And I took a detour, I ended up some place good.”
– Lorelai Gilmore
Lorelai acknowledges Lane’s feelings without sugarcoating the truth; and her advice couldn’t be more timely. 16 is a tough age – but it’s not as tough as the road to adulthood.
We humans are experts at putting ourselves down. It’s like we’re hardwired to diminish our self-worth.
We keep underestimating the beast in us when life spits us in the face – when we’re capable of so much more.
Thanks for showing us how it’s done, Lorelai. Here’s to you, our favourite Gilmore girl.
This post was written in collaboration with Virago.