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they never have anything useful to say to me. that's not true. and if you don't take care of your leg it's only going to get worse. they say exercise can help, you know. o.k., o.k. you're in a bad mood today. well, i'm doing the best i can. hospitals make me nervous... doctors put me on edge... and i'm worried about my kids. one says she wants to go to music school. so...? but music? what kind of a job will you get if you study music? come on, dad. music is big business. there are all kinds of jobs. sure, turning pages for some dumb piano player. come on. you know my dream is to be a songwriter. you and a million others. i think i have some talent. why don't you study nursing or something? it's not me. it's not what i want. i want to study music. well, if you ask me, i think you're making a big mistake.
not if it's what i want to do. receptionist: mr. casey? you're a stubborn woman. you bet! i take after my father. look left... right... up... down. what happened to your leg, mr. casey? oh, a wall fell on it. a wall? yeah, when i was a fireman, i was in a hotel fire... ( fire engine siren wailing ) i've been on disability pay ever since the accident.
let's have a little talk here, mr. casey. we have found several potential problems. your cholesterol is very high, the ekg tells us there is a slight heart problem, and the circulation in your leg is, uh... how should i put it... getting worse. if we don't do something right away, your current situation could lead to a stroke or heart attack. we strongly recommend that you start an exercise program. and we have to put you on a strict diet. and get this prescription filled. whatever you say, doc. here comes a taxi. so, what did the doctor say? not much. everything's o.k. no real problems. do you need to stop at the drugstore?
and, of course, sal's homemade boston baked beans. so, how have you been? oh, so busy, you know, with my day job and some gigs at night, guitar lessons... are you still working at the factory? i'm hoping to go to college-- music school. good for you! which one? well, my first choice is the boston school of music, but i've applied to four colleges altogether. oh, all four will want you. i mean, you have such a great voice! i wish i had a talent like that. come on, you have a husband who loves you, a beautiful daughter, and your own apartment. i mean, what more could you...? you're right. i mean... i can't complain. life is good. so, what does matt think about your plans to study music? he doesn't really understand. he doesn't think i'll make it. men. they're all alike. all they think about is money... and sex. yeah.
sal... how you doing? i'm excellent. nice to see you. hey, rebecca, you get more lovely every day. look at you! thanks, jack. hey, but sandy, she's the love of my life. jack... hey, i'm thirsty. i'm getting a drink. you want anything? no, maybe later. thanks. jack's in a good mood! no, not really. he's had too many beers. he lost his job yesterday. oh, no... i got it! sandy: she is so cute. i want to have a little girl like that some day. last time i checked, you need a man for that, the right man... i know. someone who will be a good father. it's hard to imagine jack as a dad. he gets so crazy sometimes. ( players cheering and laughing )
it's stupid! knock it off! hey, just play your game-- stupid game! babe, i'm leaving. we just got here. so? i haven't even said hello to sal. i'm leaving. if you want to stay, you can stay. i'm leaving, o.k.? is that o.k.? excuse me, rebecca. tell sal something came up. what was it? the volleyball game? no, just tell him the truth: jack's upset because he lost his job. what's with him? did he lose his temper again? yeah. and he lost his job, too. poor sandy.
narrator: now let's review and discuss the story. sal: hey, welcome to our fourth annual memorial day cookout. speaker: she was going to a barbecue where she was going to be with friends. they're having the usual fare-- boston baked beans, hot dogs. i mean, everything that, you know, people like. potato salad... sounds good. basically, i don't like barbecue. speaker: rebecca's best friend is sandy and, um, she has... came to the party with her boyfriend jack. hey, but sandy, she's the love of my life. jack... hey, i'm thirsty. i'm getting a drink. you want anything? no, maybe later. thanks. jack's in a good mood! no, not really. he's had too many beers. i think, um, he doesn't seem to be a very considerate and gentle boyfriend to sandy and he just yells at her.
babe, uh... let's go. we just got here. so? i haven't even said hello to sal. i'm leaving. if you want to stay, you can stay. i'm leaving, o.k.? it seems it's a very difficult relationship don't you think, because the man drinks and... i think she's trying to cover up for him and trying to make things look good for him but he's very, very hard person to be with. speaker: rebecca's father went to the hospital. i think he's like any father. like the interest of his daughter-- he thinks that music business doesn't make money. do you think he cares about the money or he is concerned that she might fail and she will be sad because she fails? why don't you study nursing or something? it's not me. it's not what i want. i want to study music. well, if you ask me, i think you're making a big mistake. and the doctor said this little bit... did... what did the doctor say? uh, there's a little problem.
little problem? yes. we have found several potential problems. your cholesterol is very high, the ekg tells us there is a slight heart problem, and the circulation in your leg is, uh... getting worse. apparently his heart condition is not good. oh, his heart condition. yes. if we don't do something right away, your current situation could lead to a stroke or heart attack. he did not tell his children that he had a heart condition. so, what did the doctor say? not much. everything's o.k. no real problems. do you need to stop at the drugstore? no. later maybe. the parents need sometimes to protect their children. they don't have to know everything. i... i agree. he is protecting her. but yet, i believe as a daughter she has the right to know what's going on.
i want to know about everything about my parents, you know. to tell your children of your illness of your sickness it is something that they normally don't talk about it. but i think it's important to realize that denial is not really healthy because in the long run is more harmful, because at the end, people are going to feel bad. they will find out no matter what. ( band playing "pomp and circumstance" ) where's kevin? i don't see him. he's in the second row, aunt molly.
( music ends ) ( applause and cheering ) principal: will the graduating class of boston latin high school please come forward and receive your diplomas. laura margaret everett. ( cheering ) thomas isaac brown. music school? mm-hmm. are you going to be a music teacher? maybe... or a performer, or a songwriter, or all three. your mother always wanted to be a singer. principal: kevin patrick casey. ( cheering and applause )
yes. no more film. aw... aw... dad: kevin! kevin, over here. oh, that's my dad. i've got to go, i'll see you later. thank you. congratulations. rebecca: congratulations! thanks. rebecca: all right, stand over there. i want to get a picture. you too, aunt molly. all right, look this way. say "cheese!" cheese! kevin, i'm proud to see that diploma in your hand. we all are. congratulations, kevin. thanks. dad, stand next to kevin. i want to get a picture of just the two of you. ready? i'm proud of you, too, becky. me? why? don't be so modest. when your mother died, you... you stepped right in.
you... you became the mother. you took good care of kevin and your dad. well, there was no one else. "we are sorry to inform you..." oh, no. i can't believe it. god... another rejection letter. three rejections. i can't believe it. sandy: three rejections. i can't believe it. what are you going to do? i'm waiting to hear from one more school. they put me on their waiting list.
keep your fingers crossed. only one? well, i hope they take you. i'm supposed to hear this week. which college-- the new england conservatory? no, they turned me down. it's the san francisco college of music. san francisco? that's right. san francisco, california. rebecca! but rebecca, this school is on the other side of the country. i know that, but if san francisco accepts me and gives me some financial aid, that's where i'm going. but you don't know a soul out there. yes, i do. my godmother lives out there. what, is she rich or something? she has such a big house. no, she's not rich, but she does have a room for me if i get accepted. you're really serious about this, aren't you? dead serious. ( knock at door ) come in. when do we eat? in five minutes.
dinner's in the oven. dad's not eating. he went to bed. what's wrong? is he sick? no. he just said he was tired. so, did you hear anything about your applications? you know, to music school? i got three rejection letters. that's too bad. so, what're you going to do? i still have one last hope... a school in san francisco. san francisco... aw... rebecca: dad, what? are you o.k.? no! the red sox lost another game. dad, you make me crazy. is my purse out there? yeah. it's here.
what's this? a college brochure. see you tonight. becky, pick up the mail, o.k.? pick up the mail? it's too early. yesterday's mail. but dad, you always get the mail. i didn't get it yesterday. my leg was bothering me. peterson: oh, trixy, that was a great walk. here we are. home again! good morning, rebecca. how are you? good morning, mrs. peterson. hi, trixy. is the mail here already? no. this is from yesterday's. oh. excuse us. san francisco! "we are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted
at the san francisco..." oh, my god! i'm going. oh, good news? i... i... very good news. hi! what's up with rebecca? i don't know. well, she certainly seems happy. good morning, grace. sandy, i got the letter! i'm in! what letter? you mean, the san francisco school? look! "dear ms. casey: congratulations!" oh, my gosh, they accepted you! the san francisco college of music! oh, rebecca, i'm so happy for you! can you believe it?
guess what? rebecca's going to college. college! good for her. and she's quitting her job too, and moving to san francisco. she's quitting? would you give up your job in this economy? no way. well, it's rebecca's dream and it's good to have dreams. i've got an idea! why don't you come to san francisco with me! san francisco? i don't think so. why not? well, first of all, i don't have any money. i'll lend you some. don't be silly. you're not rockefeller. come on. what's keeping you in boston? nothing! ain't that the truth... but it's home.
i mean, my mother lives here. you and your mom don't even talk. well... there's jack... right, you and jack-- you know what i think about that! but it's still home. sorry, rebecca, boston's my town. nice of you to ask, but no thanks. well, it was an idea. san francisco. wait till matt and your dad hear about this, huh? ( outside door opens ) dad? yeah? we have to talk. uh-huh. narrator: now let's review and discuss the story. kevin is graduating from high school.
( cheering and applause ) speaker: aunt molly is rebecca's and kevin's great-aunt. music school? mm-hmm. are you going to be a music teacher? maybe... or a performer, or a songwriter. speaker: she had applied to three colleges in the... the massachusetts, boston area and she was rejected. three rejections? i can't believe it. what are you going to do? i'm waiting to hear from one more school. they put me on their waiting list. keep your fingers crossed. only one? oh, i hope they take you. i'm supposed to hear this week. which college-- the new england conservatory? no, they turned me down. it's the san francisco college of music. san francisco? and she was terribly disappointed because her first choice was to stay here. i got three rejection letters. that's too bad. and finally she got an acceptance letter from san francisco college of music
and she's so excited. "we're pleased to inform you that you've been accepted at the san francisco..." oh, my god, i'm going! oh, good news? i... i... very good news. when i got my visa, that was... just like her acceptance to college. oh, my gosh, they accepted you! the san francisco college of music! oh, rebecca, i'm so happy for you! it can mean the whole new world, the whole new life opening up. i think rebecca, uh... probably at that moment of happiness, she would even forget all about her family. just don't think about it; you don't think about what you leave behind and your family. everything is gone, and then it dawns on you, doesn't it? "what have i done?" the caption center wgbh educational foundation]
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