– Juliet from Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet (Act 1, Scene 5)
We’ve started reading “Romeo & Juliet” in English class. Though most of the boys are trying to prove their macho manliness by sulking in the corner, the girls are secretly in romantic heaven. Admittedly, the thought of love-hungry Romeo persuing pre-adolescent Juliet is slightly creepy, but we still swoon. We dream of being in Juliet’s place when Romeo sees her for the first time, immediately declaring passionate love and offering a tender kiss. We feel certain their love will end all conflict between the Montagues and the Capulets.
But is it too far-fetched to believe that love can conquer all? When two opposing families – deeply entwined in mutual hatred – collide in the meeting of their cherished son and daughter, they cannot forget their past quarrels . . . and love is not victorious.
Have you ever met someone so extraordinary, so brilliant, so wonderful . . . but the timing was off? Every conversation you have with them leaves you wishing for more. Your brain speeds up, your heart pumps faster, and even your soul seems lighter. That is, until you realize the one barrier holding you back. Why hadn’t you realized it earlier, before you came this far? Why hadn’t your brain begun to operate before your heart? It was “too early seen unknown, and known too late!”