Thoughts On Forest and Jenny

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Thoughts On Forest and Jenny

Even though he had Little Forest, I thought about how often he would think of Jenny and how sad that would make him knowing he couldn't see her again this side of heaven. I felt sure he wouldn't and couldn't love anyone else that way. There would never be another woman for Forest.

I know its a fictional movie so someone could decide that, in the next installment, Forest fell in love again, got remarried, and created a wonderful blended family. I don't think I would want to see that movie, though. It wouldn't be believeable to me. Jenny was his first, his last, his everything.

I feel sure Forest never quite understood what that dramatic sobbing and rock slinging scene was all about, but he knew enough to eventually have Jenny's childhood home bulldozed to the ground. He was with Jenny, the little girl, when she would say she was scared and didn't want to go home at night. He was with Jenny, the woman, years later when she cried and pelted that same house with rocks. He understood that whatever went on in that house was the cause of a life-time of hurt for Jenny. Counselor types such as myself could give Jenny various psychiatric diagnoses to explain why she did the things she did, including post traumatic stress disorder, borderline personality disorder, and bipolar disorder, just to name a few. None of those terms would have meant much to Forest.

Of course, counselor types such as myself would have said that, in addition to his cognitive deficits, Forest was codependent and in major denial about Jenny. We would have told him to set boundaries and encouraged him to stay as far away from her as possible. We would have told him there was no hope that he would ever have a healthy relationship with Jenny and that she was detremental to his physical and emotional well-being. If friends, family, or counselors had asked Forest if he was crazy or just plain stupid when it came to loving Jenny, he probably would have told them what he told Jenny after asking her to marry him. He said, "I'm not a smart man, but I know what love is." Then, in that matter of fact tone that always signaled a subject change, he probably would have said, "That's all I have to say about that."

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