But the entire time, from Norman and Rita's end, I started to get a bad feeling.
I think it was aided by something Geoff said to me on twitter after dropping by the blog, regarding Norman and that post I wrote about the lies in Truth Be Told.
While the circumstances are much different, the reality of Rita winning the National Miss Special Delivery title could feel like the same thing for Norman---abandonment. And he never doubts what Rita is capable of, which clearly means he believes Rita all but has this pageant locked up going in. A year-long world tour isn't only a long time to be away, but it could cause her to realize that there's a lot more out there than just what Denver has to offer. Norman may very well believe that Denver, DLO and even himself, might no longer be enough.
Things might be different if Norman was 100% bold and confident in himself and the people around him. But Geoff certainly put a check on my optimism with that tweet.
So what am I getting at here?
I'm getting at that I don't have 100% confidence that Norman, in an anxious panic, either to deal with his consternation over what he sees as Rita's guaranteed win, or to protect the dream he finally found the courage to successfully pursue, could do something to potentially screw this up for Rita.
Am I saying Norman will do this thing on purpose or to be malicious? Of course not!
Am I saying that childhood, as Geoff reinforces, is still a very clear and present dictate of how someone with wounds of abandonment not completely healed could respond? You bet.
I introduced the idea to you only a few days ago, that house rules colliding could cause these two to hit a bump in their relationship on those grounds alone. Add in Norman's past, and it could jeopardize his future.
Does Rita lose? Only time will tell. Could sabotage, unintentional or otherwise, put a strain on NoRita's still very new and still very fragile relationship? Almost certainly.
How would Rita potentially handle the situation? It's hard to say, but if she handles it well, it could be the ultimate fulfillment of her house rule. Nothing speaks more volumes than what one does with a loss, especially if they use it to help restore something back to someone else.
I'm not saying any of this is going to happen, but sometimes we really need to consider how things can come together, which doesn't always include sunshine and rainbows. This is especially true for a show such as this, which fully embraces life in all its complicated forms. It could very well be that Norman could play a part in reminding us of this potentially sobering reality. The good news is it's also a chance for circumstances to build Norman up to be the confident man we know he can be in spite of his past, no doubt Rita, Oliver and Shane will all rally around him to do that.
Still On The Bright Side,