Home for Christmas Day (2017) Movie Script

2,800 square-feet.
Four bedrooms.
Two and a half baths.
Quiet street, great schools,
close to shopping...
Betsy! You told Jackson
that you'd be to work
early this morning.
I've got time.
Well, what
do you think?
Looking good.
You didn't even look!
Mom, you have done, like,
a million open houses,
and you always look great.
Since when do you
sweat this stuff?
Since you are going
off to college in the fall,
and I decided
I don't want you graduating
from veterinary school
with a mountain of debt.
in that case...
you look amazing.
Oh, you're so kind.
Good luck.
What about breakfast?
I'll just grab something
at the diner.
That's not healthy!
I'm gonna tell Jackson
you said that!
[engine starter
failing to turn over]
I hate this car.
I just put in
a new battery, too!
Well, now I really will
be late for work.
Well, I have to stop
by the diner anyway.
-Come on.
[Betsy]: Mom,
it's almost Christmas,
and we are the only house
without our tree up.
[Jane]: I know, I know.
We're gonna get to it.
Let's fix the car first,
then get to decorating.
I'll take a look at
your car later,
see what's going on.
[Betsy]: Or we could
take it to a mechanic?
[Jane]: Do you have any idea
how much those people charge?
Just to lift the hood!
Well, I mean,
I've saved my tips,
I can pay for it.
No, that money's for school.
You're gonna need it
to buy books and supplies...
Believe me,
it adds up.
No, we've talked
about this, honey.
It's all about planning ahead,
staying focused.
Stop worrying!
Not everything has to be
about me going to college.
It's kind of a big deal!
True. However,
so is having a car
that starts
when I need it.
I'm not sure
I'd put those two
in the same category.
-But, point taken.
I will
take care of it,
one way or
the other. Okay?
Anybody know where I can find
a good waitress around here?
Sorry, Jackson,
I'mma grab my apron.
Let me guess.
Car wouldn't start again?
I should probably
push that thing over a cliff.
Good idea.
You look very nice.
It's probably not
a good morning
to try to work your charms.
I guess you're just
here for the muffins, then.
Mm-hmm. Are they ready?
No, I'm a little bit behind,
but I can bring them over to you
when they're done.
Ah, you're busy.
No, no. First rule of
the Realtor's Handbook--
nothing like
that fresh-baked smell
to make a house
feel like a home.
Well... in that case.
Here's the address.
That was easy.
Thank you.
Make sure you tell
everybody where you got 'em.
Good luck.
[Jane]: What do you think?
Looks great.
Christmas isn't
for a few more weeks.
Yeah, but, this way,
everyone can get
in the holiday spirit early.
Though it's still
missing something.
Yeah, the diner
was so busy.
Jackson's gonna bring
some muffins by later.
Ah, and I'm sure it's no bother
for him to drop everything
and drive halfway across town
to your
open house.
He's doing me a favor.
Jackson's a good guy
and a good friend.
Mm, and not exactly
hard on the eyes either.
Not to mention he can hold up
his end of a conversation.
Meg! I have a house to sell.
I'm going.
I'm going.
Just let me remind you,
my dear--
the good guys,
who are actually good guys,
they are few
and far between.
And let me remind you.
I am perfectly fine with my life
just the way it is.
There's nothing wrong with fine,
but it's not the same as happy.
[opens door]
Did I tell you?
I finally finished
my college applications.
And when are you
supposed to hear back?
Not for a while.
A couple of the schools
are in-state.
I should be fine
getting in those.
Yeah? And the other ones?
Well, they both have
these really great
veterinary programs.
the best in the country.
Where are they?
California and Montana.
Wow. That's a long way
from home.
Your mom's not gonna
be happy about that.
I know.
Mom wants me
to stay in state,
but I'm 18 now.
She needs to stop worrying
about me all the time.
This is a big step for her, too.
Speaking of your mom...
think you could
hold down the fort
while I go and deliver
these delicious muffins to her?
Sure thing.
All right.
You know, I still remember
the first time
your mom took you down
to help Adelaide at the shelter.
That look on your face...
you were
walking on air.
I was 12 years old.
Yes, I know that, but your eyes
still light up the same
every time you go down there.
Anybody can see how much
helping those animals
means to you.
It's what I want to do.
And you will.
Because when you find something
that you love that much,
you don't let anything
stand in your way.
Not even a protective mother.
[both chuckling]
Thanks, Jackson.
don't burn the place down.
No promises.
The owners put on
a new composite roof
about eight years ago.
It came with
a 20-year guarantee.
How flexible are they
on the price?
Well, um...
it just came
on the market,
but, um, I'm sure
they'd be willing to talk.
Why don't we, uh,
go into the kitchen?
Seriously, I feel like
this town
is actually getting smaller,
right before my very eyes.
You're gonna miss it here
and you know it.
Gina, please.
My best friend
is getting all nostalgic,
and we haven't even left yet!
You can just sit anywhere.
Earth to Betsy?
Hey, we're going
skating tonight.
You coming?
Yeah. Yeah, sure. Great.
Um... would you like
something to drink?
Water's fine.
All right. Um...
I will give you a minute.
Um, these guys on the base
were saying that
you've got really good
burgers here.
Oh, yeah. They're great.
So... a burger with fries?
You got it.
I will go
put your order up.
Um... cheese.
I mean, do you want
cheese on your burger?
Do I?
Yeah. Come on!
Of course! [laughs]
[Betsy chuckling awkwardly]
They're "just looking."
I don't know.
You got this whole
Christmas vibe
going on in here.
Later on, when he's remembering
those warm, holiday feelings,
he may want to relive
those memories
for years to come,
by buying this house.
Yeah. Well, you know,
you run a diner for long enough,
you pick up a thing or two.
I never knew
you were so insightful.
Yeah, well,
now you do.
I'm also pretty handy with cars,
if you want me to come by later.
Oh, yeah. That's okay.
One of these days,
you're gonna say yes,
and I am gonna
surprise you.
[footsteps receding]
Thanks for the muffins.
You're welcome.
How's that burger?
Good! Yeah.
Can I get you anything else?
Some pie maybe?
No, I'm good. Thanks.
All right.
Are you--
Uh, d-do you live here?
In Garland, I mean?
Yeah, yeah.
Yeah, all my life.
It's nice.
Kinda small.
I like it.
It's my first chance
to get off the base.
Kinda reminds me of home.
Talk about small!
And where's home?
Uh, it's a little
town in Wyoming.
You've never
heard of it.
Do you get to go back
for Christmas?
Uh, they got me here
doing some
special training.
There's no time.
That's too bad.
It's okay.
I joined up.
It's what I wanted to do, so...
My name's Betsy.
It's nice to meet you.
It's nice to meet you, Tyler.
[door-opening and closing]
Come on in!
[stammers] Jane?
I thought that was you!
It's Ellen Rogers.
Well, it was Ellen Smith,
back in college,
but it's Rogers now.
Hi! W-- Oh, my gosh!
What a nice surprise.
How are you?
Great! Wow.
It is so good to see you.
Yeah, you too.
You remember Alex?
Hi... Jane?
Alex! Yes!
You know, I always
had a feeling you two
would end up together.
You're the agent
for the house?
Ask me anything
you'd like.
Talk about fate.
You know, this is exactly
the kind of house
we've been looking for.
But what about you?
We all went home for the summer
after junior year.
We never heard from you again.
Yeah... No, it just--
it wasn't in the cards.
I started
a family instead.
We missed you.
We always wondered.
Long story.
But, as you said...
here we are.
Must be fate.
So let me show you the house.
Right in here.
Hey, Mitch.
I was just waiting for you.
I got another call
from the Skyler Brothers
this morning.
I told you.
The diner's not for sale.
Just hear me out.
I got another call,
and they've upped their offer...
Why? What's so special
about the place?
Well, you know
how this area's growing,
lots of the people moving in.
The Skylers are developers,
so this is an investment.
Well, still not interested.
Thanks, though.
Well, let me know
if you change your mind.
You'll be
the first to know.
Hey, Betsy. I'm back.
Jackson! Hi!
Uh, sorry. We--
We were just, uh, you know...
-It's my fault, sir.
I was keeping Betsy
from her work.
I apologize.
Oh. That's all right.
You are...?
Private Tyler Sloane, sir.
This is Jackson.
I told you about him.
It's a pleasure
to meet you, sir.
Very nice
to meet you, too.
All right. I'm gonna go check
on things in the kitchen.
Thank you for your service.
Thank you, sir.
I guess
I'd better get back.
Thanks for
talking to me.
Yeah. Hey... um...
my friends and I
are going skating tonight.
Would you like to come?
We're all meeting at the park.
It's on the west side of town.
I'll find it.
All right. Well, I guess
I'll see you tonight then.
I'll see
you tonight.
Bye, now.
We were good friends
in college,
and then we lost touch
after my junior year.
That was the summer
I met your dad.
I just decided
not to go back.
I know,
you told me.
Yeah. Well, it's
so strange, you know?
I hadn't seen
Alex and Ellen since then,
and then, here they are,
out of the blue,
making an offer
on this house.
Well, I mean,
that's great, Mom.
You know, it's...
it's like Alex said--
it's fate.
Like, when the stars
line up just right.
That doesn't happen very often,
does it?
The stars lining up
just right?
No, definitely not.
You know, I think that
calls for a celebration.
What do you say?
Let's do
something tonight.
I kinda promised Gina
that I'd go skating
with them tonight,
so I'll just grab
something to eat
while I'm out.
Oh. Yeah, sure.
That sounds like fun.
So, uh,
who else is going?
Just some kids
from school.
Oh. Have I met them?
We're just going skating.
I'm just curious,
that's all.
All right.
All right, well, don't
come home too late, okay?
I won't. Oh!
Can I borrow your car?
Thank you!
[ice rink music plays
in background]
Betsy... come on!
I'm-- I'm gonna give
him another minute.
You know, those guys
do this all the time.
Come into town
and check out the local girls.
They're just flirting.
It doesn't mean anything.
I don't know. I...
I don't think
Tyler's like that.
Just don't
wait too long.
[car starter sputtering nearby]
[weary sigh]
Oh... so help me,
I am gonna chop you up
and sell you for parts!
Remind me never
to get on your bad side.
Oh, you're gonna
freeze in here.
Yeah, that would be
absolutely worth it,
if I could just get
this thing to run!
[horn beeps]
That always helps.
Did you want something,
or are you just here
for the show?
I heard you got
an offer on the house.
I wanted to come by
and say congratulations.
Must've been
those muffins.
Yes. Thank you.
Yeah. Are you okay?
What? Yeah, I'm fine.
It's just this dumb car.
So I was talking
to Betsy this morning,
she was telling me
about applying to schools.
She's seemed really excited.
-Mm. How about you?
You wrapped
your head around that yet?
Sending her off to college?
That was always
in Betsy's future.
But she is leaving.
Things are gonna change a lot
around here.
She's not going
to the moon, Jackson.
She'll be home
for the holidays,
and she'll be working in
the diner over the summer.
Yeah. [sighs]
And what are we gonna do
in between her visits?
Betsy goes off to school,
and you're just gonna
sweep me off my feet?
Yeah, it's worth a shot.
Hmm. Well, it hasn't
happened yet.
What makes you think
it's gonna happen now?
Sometimes, you just get
that feeling, you know?
That moment when
you know exactly
what you should do.
And you realize
that waiting
might be the biggest mistake
you've ever made.
You know,
sooner or later,
everything changes.
There's no getting around it.
[whispers]: Sounds like
the solenoid switch.
[Jane sighs]
I'm so sorry.
I got assigned
duty tonight.
I had to get someone
to cover for me.
I didn't think
you were coming.
I didn't have
your number.
I called the diner,
but no one picked up.
I got here
as quick as I could.
Would it
be all right...
maybe we could just
talk some more?
I started helping out
at the shelter
when I was a kid,
and I think
I knew even then,
that that's what
I wanted to so.
You're gonna be
a great veterinarian.
You just met me.
I can tell.
Just by talking to you.
The way you listen,
like what
somebody's saying
is important,
like it matters.
You just...
you really care.
Did that
come out right?
That came out
just fine.
[phone line ringing]
[Betsy]: Hi! It's Betsy.
I can't come to the phone.
Leave a message.
Hey, honey,
just, uh, checking in.
It's getting a little late.
Give me a call, okay?
I was all set to go to college.
And then,
one day, I don't know,
I went down
to the recruiter's office
and I signed up.
What changed
your mind?
I'm not sure
I changed my mind exactly.
It was more like...
I couldn't ignore this feeling
that I'd had for a long time,
that I wanted to do
something that mattered.
I get that feeling sometimes.
-You do?
Like you're afraid that
you're gonna wake up one day,
and it's 20 years later, and...
you have no idea what
you've done with your life,
but whatever it was,
it wasn't near enough.
Nobody understood before,
when I tried to explain that.
[chuckles softly]
My Dad was in the army.
He was?
That's when my mom met him.
Where is he now?
He died.
He was...
killed in action.
I was just a baby.
I mean,
I don't even remember him.
I'm sorry.
It's okay.
And I know that that's why
my mom worries about me so much.
Because of losing him.
And I can tell
that, sometimes,
when she's looking at me,
she's thinking of him.
About how much she misses him.
I gotta
tell you something.
I mean,
just so you know.
I'm only here
for two more weeks,
and then I ship out.
Shipping out?
Before Christmas?
I'm gonna be gone a while.
[rueful chuckle]
That's not much time.
I was hoping
maybe we could...
still see each other
while I'm here.
[door opens]
Do you know what time it is?
I have been calling
and texting.
I turned my phone off and...
I forgot to turn it back on.
I'm sorry.
It won't happen again.
I promise.
Well, did you have fun?
Yeah. Can I tell you
about it tomorrow?
Goodnight, honey.
Okay. Goodnight.
[school bell rings]
Hey! What happened?
You disappeared
on me last night.
I was texting you.
Well, Tyler showed up.
-Did he?
And Gina...
he is so nice!
Oh, my gosh.
Look at you!
All goo-goo-eyed
over some cute soldier.
Okay, shut up!
Just... pace
yourself, okay?
At least try
and get through college
before you find
the love of your life.
Okay, I'm sorry,
who said anything
about love?
I don't know,
I just...
I really like
talking to him.
Whatever you say.
I'll see you later.
All right. Bye.
[loudly]: It kinda looks like
you're in love! Just sayin'.
Okay. Thanks.
[exhales heavily]
[Betsy]: Hey, Mom.
When are we decorating
for Christmas?
I was thinking that
maybe we could
go through
the Christmas decorations
in the garage,
maybe get
a tree today.
Yeah. Yeah, sure.
Sounds good.
Okay. Say hi
to Adelaide.
I will! Goodbye.
-How are you...
-[door thuds]
...Getting there?
Good morning, Betsy!
Hi, Adelaide.
Who's your handsome friend?
This is Tyler.
Tyler, this is Dr. Roberts.
She runs
the shelter.
Call me Adelaide.
Welcome, Tyler.
Thank you, ma'am.
You're a soldier.
Yes, ma'am.
Bless your heart.
You know anything
about animals, Tyler?
Well, it sounds like
he's pretty congested.
He must have been
in the cold all night.
Well, you get him cleaned up,
and I'll get antibiotics
for that congestion.
All right, sounds good.
How's your mom?
Good! Good.
You know, busy.
What does she think
about your young man?
Well, he's not my "young man".
And, I don't know,
I just like
talking to him.
He's a good listener.
How long have you guys
known each other?
Couple of days.
Is that why she doesn't
know about him?
My mom worries about me enough,
without knowing
that I'm spending time
with a soldier.
She'll worry a lot more if
she finds out some other way.
He didn't even
come to the door.
That's just
not like her.
She was probably
in a hurry.
Yeah, and she got home
late last night, too.
I couldn't get her
on the phone,
didn't know
where she was.
Whoever this
mystery man is,
she may not be ready
to talk about it.
If she does have
a new boyfriend,
she might not think
it's anybody else's
not even
her protective mother.
I'm not "protective".
But she is going to college,
and that's the point.
She needs to stay
focused on school,
on her--
on her future,
so she doesn't ever
have to depend on
anybody for anything.
The last thing
she needs right now
is to get involved
with someone.
Betsy's a smart girl.
She's gonna be fine!
Okay. I'll see you later.
-See you.
[Christmas carols playing]
Oh! Hey.
Oh, you look cold.
Maybe you need a little
something to warm you up?
-Thank you.
Ah, must be nice--
you get to listen
to your favorite
Christmas music
while you work.
Don't tell anybody,
but, uh, sometimes,
when no one is around,
I actually sing along.
[laughs] Look. I, um...
I wanted to thank you
for stopping by last night.
And you
were right.
[sighing] You know...
sometimes, it's just hard
to wrap my head around the fact
that she's actually leaving.
I saw, um,
Mitch over here.
I always thought
that if you were in
the market for a house,
you would come see me.
Mm. Yeah.
I'm not buying a house.
Well, what was Mitch
so happy about, then?
Well, um...
he got an offer
from a couple of guys
a while back,
and they bumped up the price,
trying to get my attention.
An offer?
For the diner?
Are you really
thinking about selling?
Well, like I said,
they're definitely
trying to get my attention.
Um, look, I don't really
know where I would go
if I sold it, so...
What do you think
about the idea?
Well, um...
[exhales deeply]
Well, the market's
pretty strong.
It's a good time to sell.
Yep. Yep.
That's what Mitch said.
[clears her throat]
Maybe it's
like you said.
Sooner or later...
everything changes.
There's no getting around it.
[door opens]
All right, girl.
Almost done.
Trust me.
You're in good hands.
[phone rings]
Hi, Mom!
Yeah, I'm almost through.
Uh, no, actually,
I've got a ride.
Okay. Bye.
Uh, we should
probably go.
[keyboard clacking]
Hi, Mom!
Hey, honey.
Oh! Hi. You would not believe
how beautiful it was today.
And good news!
Adelaide found homes
for two of the cats!
Betsy... whose car is that?
I was gonna
tell you about that.
Mom... come on.
This... is Tyler.
[Tyler]: Hi.
Private Tyler Sloane.
It's nice to meet you,
Ms. McKendrick.
Tyler is a soldier
at the base.
He came into
the diner yesterday,
and that's how we met.
Yesterday? Wow.
I don't know anyone in town.
Betsy was real nice,
talking to me and all.
She told me
about the shelter,
and said I could drive out
with her this morning.
He was
a big help, too!
I'm sure
Adelaide appreciated it.
I enjoyed it.
[tense chuckle]
Well, it was great
meeting you, Tyler,
and thanks
for driving Betsy home.
Yes, ma'am.
I thought maybe Tyler
could stay for dinner.
That's all right.
He's being polite.
I mean, he was stuck on
the base for Thanksgiving,
can't make it home
for Christmas,
he ought to have at least
one home-cooked meal, right?
I don't want you
to go to any trouble.
It's no trouble!
It's just dinner.
Right, Mom?
You're welcome to stay, Tyler.
Thank you, ma'am.
Does your family
still in Wyoming?
Uh, yes, ma'am.
My mom
and my little sister, Katie.
Betsy told me about
your husband, Mrs. McKendrick.
About your loss.
I'm very sorry.
Thank you.
That's him?
[Betsy]: Yeah.
His name was Danny.
He was a Sergeant,
right, Mom?
Was your father
in the military?
He worked the ranch
his whole life.
Hmm. And you grew up there,
on the ranch?
We've been on that land
three generations now.
Four, if
you count me.
Wow. So you're going back,
after you get out of the army?
What's with
all the questions?
It's okay.
I'm just not really
sure what I want to do.
Well, family's important.
That's what my mother says.
She... wasn't real crazy
about me signing up.
I felt bad about that.
I wasn't doing it to worry her.
I was looking for something,
I couldn't even say
what it was,
I just knew
it was out here somewhere.
But she didn't
really understand.
I wasn't exactly eloquent
in making my case.
[chuckles softly]
Well, I'm sure
they miss you very much.
I miss them, too.
And maybe I will go back.
I mean, I do love it there.
[Jane]: Mm.
Well, it sounds beautiful.
I'd like to see it sometime.
You don't have to do that.
Ah, old habit.
From home.
Your mother
raised you right.
Thank you.
Thank you for dinner.
It was really good.
I'm glad
you enjoyed it.
Almost forgot
what I was missing.
Gonna miss it a whole lot more
before too long, I guess.
What do you mean?
We ship out
in a couple of weeks.
Oh. You're being deployed?
[deep breath, sigh]
You know where you're going?
Um, I'm not supposed to say.
Does Betsy know you're leaving?
Yes, ma'am. I told her.
Sounds like we won't
be seeing you for awhile.
No, ma'am.
Say hi to Gina for me.
It's not Gina.
So? What did
you think of Tyler?
Well, I think he seems like
a nice young man,
for someone you've known
all of two days.
Yeah. [laughs]
Yeah, I know, it's crazy,
we just met, but...
there's something
about him, Mom.
And I don't know
how to explain it.
It's like I just...
I don't know, I knew.
Knew... what?
I knew
that he wasn't like anyone
I'd ever met before.
You know, he's sweet.
And he's smart...
He's just--
He's so amazing.
And Jackson liked him, too.
Mm-hmm. Yeah, they met
when I invited Tyler to come
skating with everyone.
And you know
how protective Jackson gets
when I go on a date
with somebody.
And then,
when we were skating,
Tyler was all worried
because he got there late.
We really just felt
like talking,
so him and I went on a walk
instead of skating with e--
You said
you were with your friends.
Yeah, no,
I just--
I meant...
You were gone
that whole time.
You turned
your phone off,
I didn't know
where you were.
We were just talking.
Nothing happened.
It's not about Tyler.
It's about you and me.
We have always been
honest with each other,
no matter what.
We don't lie.
We... We just don't.
I'm sorry, Mom.
I'm sorry, too.
Hey! What're you doing
here so early?
Why didn't you
say something?
You knew they were
planning on going out.
You should've told me.
She just met that boy.
I don't know, I just figured
Betsy would tell you.
she didn't.
I don't see why not.
All they did was go skating.
No. They didn't go.
I don't know where they went.
Is she all right?
[sighs] That's not the point.
I don't know
anything about him--
Jane, just take it easy, okay?
No! No, don't tell me
to take it easy.
Betsy's all right.
And that Tyler?
He's harmless.
Yeah, really,
you know that
just from meeting
him once?
That there's nothing
to worry about?
I wasn't gonna--
She's my daughter, Jackson!
I have
to protect her.
[door opens and shuts]
You remember Ray Skyler?
Yeah, yeah.
How're you doing?
Good to see you
again, Jackson.
Yeah, you too.
Ray drove over from
Madison this morning.
We figured, while you were
thinking over their offer,
he'd take another look
around the diner.
[Ray]: If that's all right.
Yeah, yeah.
Yeah. No problem. Go ahead.
Great. We'll stay
out of your way.
All right. Cool.
I think you'll be
very happy in this house.
Well, as soon as
we get settled in,
we'll have to have
you and your daughter
over for dinner.
-I can't wait to meet her.
Oh, she's a great kid.
She goes off
to college this fall.
Uh-oh, someone's gonna
be an empty-nester!
So true.
How are rehearsals going
for the Christmas concert?
Yeah. Ms. Lee
asked me to do a solo.
Nice. What are
you gonna sing?
We haven't
decided yet.
Mm. I'm looking
forward to seeing that.
I hope you understand
why I got so upset.
I didn't tell you,
because I didn't
want you to worry about me.
That didn't quite
work out, did it?
[chuckles dryly]
What I mean is...
you don't have to be
so protective.
Not anymore.
Well, I'm only protective,
because you are
such an amazing person,
and there are
so many things
you can do
with your life.
I don't want to see
you make a mistake.
You have your whole life
ahead of you.
There's no hurry to get
involved with someone.
we're not "involved".
I just like spending
time with Tyler.
Betsy, I know this is hard,
but you have to trust me.
But trust works both ways.
And I need you to trust
that just
because I messed up,
it doesn't mean
that I have forgotten
everything you've taught me.
Okay. And I understand that.
But there are times
when we don't see things
When we believe
what we want to believe,
and then we let our hearts
make choices
that we hope
turn out the way we want.
[phone rings]
He has to work
all night,
and this is the only
chance he has to talk.
Thanks, Mom.
Hi, Tyler.
[piano plays]
And now that winter's here
Soon it will be Christmas
I see your face so clear
Though you're far away
Your home is in my heart
It's everywhere I go
And I'll be waiting here
Till you're home to stay
I think of winters past
We were all together
The sweetest memories
All come into play
Your voice rings in my ear
Just to let me know
That you'll be
Here with me
Home on Christmas Day
[door shuts]
Wow. It looks nice in here.
Um... I was gonna call you.
Oh, yeah?
Yeah, uh...
sorry for going off like that.
I was worried,
and I shouldn't have
taken it out on you.
That's okay. I get it.
Just for the record,
Tyler has been by the diner
a couple of times.
Yeah. So Mitch wrote up
this offer,
dropped it off to me
this morning.
Oh. How's it look?
Oh, I don't know, looks like
another language to me.
I thought, maybe,
if you don't mind,
you could...
Uh, sure.
Cash offer.
Waiving inspections.
Paying closing costs? Wow.
Sounds like
they're in a hurry.
What do you think
I should do?
Well, I could, um--
I could put out some feelers
and see if
there's any other interest.
Jane, just stop.
Before I sell the diner,
I wanna know
if there's any other reason
that I should stay in Garland.
What do you want me to say?
You just got to tell me
the truth.
Well, the truth
is that I care about you.
And I can't give you
what you want.
I don't know how anymore.
[deep breath]
I should probably
get this back to Mitch.
[door opens and closes]
Hi, Ms. McKendrick!
Hi, honey.
Have you seen Betsy?
I just wanted to give her
a ride home.
Oh, she already
got a ride with Tyler.
Oh. Oh, okay. Thank you.
She's gonna be so happy.
[Betsy chuckles]
Mom! Tyler got it running!
Oh! Thank you, Tyler.
I used to work
on my truck back at home.
I had the same problem.
If you want,
I could show you.
I'm sure we'll be fine.
He was just
trying to help.
Yeah, I know.
You don't
act like it.
I'm sorry
if I don't sound excited.
Uh, how many times
have we been down this road?
We get it running,
we think it's fine...
This isn't
about the car,
is it?
It's about Tyler.
You don't want him here.
Betsy, we're not gonna
talk about this right now.
I wanna
talk about it.
It's okay.
No... it's not.
Mom, Tyler has
done nothing wrong.
You've got no reason
to not like him.
That not what this is about.
Then why are you
so set against him?
Because you have
more important things
to think about right now,
and you can't afford
to be distracted.
I should go.
I didn't mean
to cause any trouble.
I just wanted to help.
I'll come with you.
No, Betsy.
We need to talk.
We just did,
and I heard
everything you said.
[car doors opening and closing]
[car engine starts]
[door opens]
You didn't
have to wait up.
I'm not.
I had some work to do.
I told you...
you don't have to worry
about me all the time.
I'm not gonna
do anything dumb.
You were out till midnight
on a school night.
What do you call that?
He's leaving
in less than a week.
I know.
You both need to get
back into your lives...
you in school,
Tyler in the army.
Who knows when
you're gonna see him again...
you're gonna see him again.
Don't say that.
Do you even hear yourself?
How hard it is
[sighs heavily]
Trust me.
It's better to break it off now,
before it gets even harder.
Before you get hurt.
Like the way you were hurt?
You never talk about it.
About how hard it was for you
to lose my dad.
To wake up
every morning,
day after day,
and realize that he was never
coming home again.
-And I know--
...that I can never
begin to understand
what that was like for you...
And I get it.
I mean...
maybe the only way
you could deal with it
was to never risk having
feelings for anyone again...
someone as caring as Jackson.
This isn't about me
right now.
You're right.
It's not.
That was your life...
and this is mine.
And even...
if I'm not sure
what these feelings are
that I have for Tyler,
shouldn't I at least
get the chance
to find out for myself?
I mean, shouldn't I
get the same chance
that you had,
to live my life,
and to make my own choices?
I love you, Mom.
Oh, hey!
Look! Betsy's
Christmas concert.
Ah, yeah, she has
a solo this year.
so exciting.
I can't wait
to see it.
Maybe I'll even get to meet
this mystery man of hers.
Yeah, he's not a mystery.
And he won't be here,
he's, uh...
being deployed
before Christmas.
Oh. That's a shame.
We should get going.
All right, ladies.
Take care.
Say hi to Dave
for me, huh?
Hey, Tyler.
Y'know, I can get you something
to eat while you're waiting.
Oh, I'm okay. Thanks, though.
All right.
Let me ask you something.
Um, you know Betsy's
going away to school.
Yes, sir.
She wants to be
a veterinarian,
I mean, that could take,
like, six years
for her to finish school.
I know, she told me.
[exhales deeply] Six years...
That's a--
That's a long time.
You know, a lot of things
could change.
Not the things that matter.
If you really care
about somebody,
you don't mind waiting.
Yeah, but for how long?
I guess that depends on
how much you care about them.
[Betsy]: Sorry I'm late!
-That's okay.
How are you?
I'm good.
How are you?
Good! So,
I'm thinking pie?
[Betsy]: I think about it, too,
I know.
But I wouldn't even care...
it could be anywhere.
All these years,
I have never known you
to feel the need
to check up on your daughter.
I'm not checking up on her.
I just wanna make sure
she's all right.
You raised her right, Jane.
There's no need to worry.
[Jane]: Well, things
are changing. Too fast.
Tyler's a good boy.
He's leaving, Adelaide.
What happens then?
What if
she never sees him again?
And what do you
think will happen
if you keep her
from seeing him?
I just don't want her
to get hurt.
Well, getting hurt's
part of life, honey,
whether you like it or not.
It's hard...
but people survive.
I'd say you understand that
as well as anyone.
You really like him?
Let me tell you something
about that young man.
When Betsy learned
that she was a finalist
for that big scholarship?
He was more excited about it
than she was.
For the school in California.
She asked me to write
a letter of recommendation.
She didn't tell you?
Thanks, Adelaide.
It's okay.
Saw Adelaide today.
Sounds like you've been
pretty busy out there.
Kinda. Yeah.
She said, uh, Tyler's
been a big help, too.
Well, I mean, he knows a lot,
growing up on a ranch.
She also said
that, uh, you had
some good news.
About a scholarship
to that school
in California?
I was gonna tell you about it.
I didn't even know you applied.
It's no big deal.
I mean...
All they did was announce
the three finalists.
Sounds like
a pretty big deal to me.
Can they do that?
I mean, before you've even
been accepted by the school?
You've already been accepted.
It's not official.
It's sort of like
a pre-acceptance.
That's why they told me
about the scholarship,
to let me know
that they're really interested.
It would be like a full ride
for my first year,
and, then,
if I keep my grades up,
I could qualify
for one next year.
California's pretty far away.
And I know I should have talked
to you about it first, but...
I really
wanted to do this myself.
I wanted to decide.
And if they say yes,
then I wanna decide that, too.
I mean...
with you, together.
But for the right reasons.
Not because...
you're worried, or...
because you're afraid
of losing me.
I'll be all right, Mom.
I know.
I'm proud of you, honey.
[door bell jingles]
Sorry, we're closed.
Oh, right.
I, uh, I didn't
realize it was so late.
This was a bad idea.
No, no, no.
If you...
have something to say,
you should say it.
[sighs heavily]
These past
couple weeks,
I, uh...
I feel like
the whole world is spinning
faster and faster, and...
I can't keep up.
It's like
it's out of control,
and I don't even
recognize it anymore.
I keep telling myself
that, um...
I just gotta give it time,
I'll get used to it,
and then things are gonna
make sense again...
But... [sighs]
That's not it.
I have this feeling
that, um,
a part of me is missing.
And it's been missing
for so long,
that I've forgotten
that it's not even there.
I've started to pretend
that it's-- that it's okay,
and that it's normal
to be afraid,
to really care for anyone.
But it's not okay.
And I don't want to spend
the rest of my life this way.
But I don't know what to do.
And I just--
I keep thinking,
that if I could just
talk to you...
You would help me
make sense of it,
'cause I've always been able
talk to you.
About anything.
Come here.
Come here.
You still can.
You still can.
Hey, sleepy-head.
What time is it?
Oh, it's early.
It's Saturday.
And you have a busy day
ahead of you,
but I thought maybe
we could squeeze in
a little time together,
just the two of us?
How come?
Christmas is coming.
Come on. Let's go.
[Betsy]: Well, it's gonna
look so beautiful.
If only we can
get it through the door.
Your first Christmas.
You always wanted to hang
this one up yourself.
I remember.
[background music playing]
Should I give her a hand?
Oh, not a chance.
I happen to know
the owner of this place,
and I worked out a deal
so you could
take the day off.
Thank you.
You're welcome.
It looks delicious.
Yeah. If there's anything else
I can do for you,
please do not hesitate to ask.
What service.
I will be sure and tell
all my friends about this place.
You're far too kind.
What is up with you two?
Just eat your food, kid.
So, um, I was thinking
that we should drive
to Madison this afternoon,
and do some Christmas shopping.
What do you say?
Um, I actually
promised Adelaide
that I'd help her out
at the shelter today.
Tyler coming?
Yeah, he's gonna
meet me there.
When does he leave?
In two days.
You doing all right?
Yeah, I'm just--
I'm trying
not to think about it.
Why don't you invite him
over for dinner tonight?
I know how
you feel about him, Mom.
I don't want
you to get upset.
I won't this time.
I promise.
Well, I will ask him.
Thank you.
'Kay. Well, let's eat
and we'll go get your car.
Okay. Sounds good.
I talked to my mom
and my sister last night.
They said everyone's
been asking about me,
how I'm doing.
that's nice.
People have been
coming around since I left...
...You know, helping
out with the ranch.
Without me there,
it's hard on them.
I'm sure they understand.
I miss them a lot.
And I don't know
when I'm gonna see them again.
They're proud
of you, Tyler.
And so am I.
I told them about you.
You did?
They want to meet you.
As soon as I get back.
Well... I would like that
very much.
I want to take you
Right now?
Yes. Come on.
Where are you
taking me?
You'll see.
You know,
the day we met,
my mom said
that things
happen sometimes
because the stars
line up just right.
And any little thing,
any little change
at all,
and it might not
have happened.
That's sure true
about us.
[Betsy chuckles]
Don't you ever
get worried, though?
About what might
happen when you go?
About if the stars
line up a different way
and... something changes?
Sure I do.
I get scared.
About going.
About what's gonna happen
when I get there.
About not knowing.
You have to promise me
that you're gonna
be careful, Tyler.
I will.
I promise.
I wish we could
stay here forever.
[phone buzzes]
Oh! Thank you.
So I'll see you at 6:00?
I just need to report
in to the base,
and I'll be
over for dinner.
[starts engine]
[tires squealing]
Betsy! Betsy!
Hey! Hey!
[cell phone ringing]
Hi, Adelaide.
Where is she?
Hey. Hey.
She's all right.
She's in with
the doctor right now.
He's making sure
nothing's broken.
She's good.
Ma'am, I'm so sorry.
You're sorry?
You put my daughter
in the hospital,
and you're sorry?
I... no--
Who even asked you
to touch her car?
Who asked you for anything?
I-I was helping!
We don't need
your help, Tyler.
Not with her car.
Not with her life!
And I don't need
you filling her head
with dreams
of what the world
is gonna be like.
Okay? Because
just when you think
everything's gonna be fine,
and just when
you let your guard down,
this right here,
this is what happens.
I need to see Betsy.
It's okay.
It's gonna be fine.
She's just upset.
You didn't do
anything wrong.
Hey, sweetie.
How're you feeling?
I'm okay.
Well, the doctor
says nothing's broken,
so we can go home
in a little bit.
[weak chuckle]
I didn't mean to scare you.
No, it wasn't you.
It was me.
I never should have
let you drive
that broken-down car
out there.
But Tyler fixed it.
[sighs wearily]
I know he tried.
Obviously, he didn't.
I hit ice.
Mom, I hit a patch of ice.
This had nothing to do
with what Tyler did to the car.
I didn't realize...
Tyler got me out of the car.
[tearing up]:
I was really scared, Mom...
But he held my hand
and he talked to me
the whole way.
[sighing deeply]
There she is.
How're you
doing, kiddo?
Okay, I guess.
Yeah? Good.
I'm glad you're all right.
Where's Tyler?
Hey, why don't we get you home,
so you can rest, okay?
Can I help you, ma'am?
Yes, I need to see
someone on the base.
Private Tyler Sloane.
Did you arrange
for a pass?
No, but it's important
that I talk to him today.
He ships out tomorrow.
Sorry, ma'am.
I can't let anyone on base
without authorization.
I understand, I just...
Can you call him for me?
Please. Just tell him
that Jane McKendrick
needs to talk to him.
Will Private Sloane
know what this is regarding?
He's in love with my daughter.
Ma'am, please pull over there.
[knocks on window]
Is Betsy all right?
Yeah, she's resting at home.
She's gonna be fine.
Good. That's good.
I came to thank you,
for being there,
for helping her.
What else did you think
I was gonna do?
I didn't mean...
I know how much
you care about Betsy.
No, ma'am.
I don't think you do.
No, maybe not.
I'm sorry, Tyler,
for what I said at the hospital.
I was afraid,
and I shouldn't have
taken it out on you.
You said how you really felt.
Hey, it's cold.
Why don't you get in the car?
I still got a lot to do.
We're shipping out
tomorrow, so...
I didn't plan
on this happening.
I know.
Those dreams
you were talking about?
They weren't just Betsy's.
They're mine, too.
Being with her
is like nothing
I've ever felt before.
And I just want to do
everything I can
to make her happy.
Didn't you ever feel
that way about somebody?
Like there's nothing
you wouldn't do for them?
A long time ago.
[rueful chuckle]
I was about your age
when I met Danny.
I was home
from college,
and, uh, I was sure
I had met the only person
I would ever love.
All I wanted
was to spend the rest
of our lives together.
So I dropped out
of school, and...
we, uh, settled in for
a "happily ever after".
Except it didn't turn out
the way I'd hoped.
By the time I was
pregnant with Betsy,
he was deployed overseas.
A little place
I'd never heard of.
A place I wish
I had never heard of.
It was just like you see
in the movies.
Two men in uniform
came to the door...
[deep, shaky breath]
And my world stopped.
I'm sorry.
I decided to stay
in Garland to raise Betsy.
It wasn't easy,
but we managed.
And I promised myself
that I would never
let anything cause her
that kind of pain.
Including me.
Being a veterinarian
is the most important
thing to Betsy.
And please forgive me,
but, when you're gone,
I don't want her
to forget that.
She has
to finish school.
And when she does...
I'll be the one
cheering the loudest.
And if she still
wants me,
I'll thank God for making me
the luckiest man on earth.
I think Betsy'd
be pretty lucky, too.
[quiet chuckle]
[exhales deeply] Ah.
All right.
You leave tomorrow.
And I still
owe you dinner.
Yes, ma'am.
I've got an idea.
[sighs] I'd say
dinner was a success.
Yeah. They're so happy.
Tonight was gonna be
really hard for those two.
What you did
was a good thing,
to make everything
just a little bit easier.
It's not tonight
I'm worried about.
It's what happens next.
Well, what happens
next is...
I'm gonna take you,
and we're gonna go
for a walk in the snow,
and look at all
the Christmas lights.
Mm. And after that?
After that...
uh, well, we'll see.
Jingle bells
Jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh, what fun
It is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh
How's the concert coming?
Good. Yeah.
You ready for your solo?
I think I'm ready.
Aw, I'm sure
you're gonna do great.
[text alert]
I am supposed
to Facetime with Tyler.
Ah. Sure.
How's he doing?
He's good, I guess.
I mean, he's still
settling in,
and he doesn't really
like to talk about it much.
He mostly just wants to hear
about what's going on here.
I can't believe it's only been
a week since he shipped out.
Go ahead, honey.
Don't be late for your call.
Thanks, Mom.
[Tyler]: Betsy?
-[bell jingling]
-Ho, ho, ho!
[laughs] Tyler, hi!
What are you doing?
Gotta do something
to make it feel like Christmas
over here.
How are you?
I'm fine.
How are you?
I miss you.
I miss you, too.
[static crackling]
Yeah! No, I'm good.
This connection gets
a little tricky sometimes.
Okay, well, there you are.
I can only stay on
for a minute anyway.
I just wanted to tell you
how much I wish I could
be there for your concert.
It's just
this is the last chance
I'll have to talk
for a while.
What do you mean?
My unit's going out today.
I don't know for how long.
I can't really talk about it.
I just know that we'll be
off the grid until we get back.
Just be careful, okay?
Don't worry, I'll be fine.
Enjoy your concert,
all right?
If I don't talk to you,
have a great Christmas.
[static crackling]
[static crackling
and screeching]
[Betsy sniffling]
I just miss him.
I know.
This is really hard.
Come here.
I guess I thought things
might cool down a little bit
after Tyler left,
make it easier
for her.
Yeah, why would Betsy let
a little thing like 7,000 miles
come between them?
I just--
I don't how to help her.
The thing she says
makes her happy
is the same thing
that makes her cry at night.
the hardest part
of being a parent
is knowing when you have
to take a step back.
I've always been
there for her, Meg.
Yes, you have,
and you always will.
But you've also
shown her how
to overcome all the troubles
that life throws at you.
You've taught her
how to make her own choices,
and how to live by them.
She's a lot stronger
than you think.
You made sure of that.
[background chatter
and music]
You look beautiful, honey.
Thanks, Mom.
-There you are!
Oh! Hi,
Ms. McKendrick.
Come on, Betsy,
we gotta get ready!
Okay. I'll--
I'll see you after, Mom!
You got this, kiddo!
A tie? I'm impressed.
Oh, good.
That's exactly
what I was going for.
You look good.
Thank you.
wow, you look amazing.
I'm glad you're here.
I wouldn't have missed it
for the world.
[show bell chiming]
I think they're trying
to tell us something.
I think you're right.
Good evening,
and Merry Christmas, everyone.
Thank you all for coming
to the annual
Garland High School
Christmas concert.
[applause continues]
As we do each year
at our Christmas Concert,
we'd like to pay tribute
to the men and women
of the armed forces,
especially those who have
been stationed at Ft. Tooley.
We have come to know
many of them well,
taking them into our community
and into our hearts.
In serving our country,
some have made
the ultimate sacrifice.
Please join us
for a moment of silence
to honor the heroes
who have given their lives
for our freedom.
Darryl Rogers.
Stephanie Johnson.
Tyler Sloane.
[distantly, fading]:
Richard Robles.
Rebecca Smith.
And Dwayne Jones.
Thank you.
Excuse me.
[door bangs]
Baby. Baby...
Oh, I'm so sorry.
Dinner's ready.
I'm not really
hungry right now.
Are you sure?
You were right, Mom.
It hurts too much.
It's like...
[shaky breath]
Like everything
inside of me is broken,
and it's never
gonna get better.
No, Mom...
you were right.
It's not worth it.
No open house
today, huh?
Ah. It's cold
out here.
Thought you could use
one of those.
-Thank you.
How's she doing?
She's, uh, hurting.
So much.
Is there
anything I can do?
She said
I was right.
That it's not worth it.
Being in love,
that it hurts too much,
it's not worth the pain.
What have I done, Jackson?
She has her whole life
ahead of her,
and this is how I've taught her
to deal with this pain?
To be afraid
of her feelings?
Jane, I mean--
I didn't mean
to do this to her.
Or to you.
I'm so sorry.
I don't know
how to change it.
You gotta start
by taking a chance.
I mean, that's what
love is, right?
Taking a chance
that what
you're feeling is real,
and that other person feels
the same about you.
And it doesn't matter
how you get there,
but you've got to overcome
the hurt and the pain
and the fear.
Because sharing those
feelings with somebody,
that is worth
taking the chance.
So what do you say?
You want to take
a chance with me, Jane?
You know, you said
that, one day,
I'd say yes,
and you'd surprise me.
Is that a yes?
That's definitely a yes.
Please don't leave me.
I'm not going anywhere.
I'm gonna have to tell Mitch
I got a better offer.
He's beautiful.
He's feeling better now.
Goes home tomorrow.
Home for Christmas...
You know...
we invited some friends over
for Christmas dinner.
Yeah, I know.
What do you want to do?
They're all... [chokes up]
They're all just gonna
feel sorry for me, so...
They care about you.
That doesn't change anything.
I mean...
all caring about somebody means
is that you can get hurt.
No, honey. I was wrong.
It is worth it.
Love is worth all the hurt.
When you find someone
that you can love
with all your heart,
someone who loves you,
it's like nothing else
in the world.
Well, he's gone, so...
Yeah, but that love
you shared with Tyler
is still inside you,
and it'll be
a part of you forever.
You can't ever forget that.
You can't ever stop loving,
no matter how much
it hurts right now.
That's something I forgot,
something I learned
from you...
From seeing
you and Tyler together.
To treasure that love,
to hold on to it
with everything you've got.
Why does it hurt so much?
Because it was real.
[weeps] Mom...
I miss him.
Here you guys go.
Once a waitress,
always a waitress.
Excuse me, everyone.
If I could have
your attention, please,
I have an announcement to make.
First of all,
I can't tell you
how much it means to us
to have you all
here for Christmas.
as all of you know,
I never miss a chance
to brag about my daughter,
and tonight
will be no exception.
So, I am proud to tell you
that Betsy is a finalist
for the Margaret Devane
Memorial Scholarship,
a very generous award
from a very prestigious
university in California.
[all murmuring]
although she hasn't been
officially accepted yet...
I feel confident
that she'll be starting school
there in the fall.
[Jackson]: Cheers!
Thanks, guys.
dinner will be ready
in 10 minutes.
[quiet chatter resumes]
That's amazing.
That's big news.
I know.
[car approaching]
Are you all right, honey?
Tyler-- They told us
you were...
I hope
I'm not interrupting.
I got banged up pretty bad...
by the time
I could think straight,
found out my name got mixed up
with another soldier.
I had to let my mom
and sister know first.
I thought about calling,
but I figured...
I should just come in person,
so you'd know it was really me.
[sobbing]: Tyler!
[Betsy sobbing]
[quiet chatter]
They're gonna
be okay.
Yeah, they are.
What about us?
Thank you.
For what?
For talking me into
taking another chance.