"A little white dress with ABCs all across the front. I remember I came home one evening after a marathon of kids’ parties and whatnot and Little Miss Maya was not quite ready to take her little dress off and get in the bath so we went to her room and hung out on the floor and started talking. And out of nowhere, she told me that when she grew up, she wanted to marry me. So I said, “Why?” I asked her, I said, “Why me?” And she looked up at me and she said, “Because, Daddy, you are my anyway friend.” Now at the time I didn’t know what that meant so Maya had to explain to me that an anyway friend is the one person in your life who, no matter what they say or do, no matter what they’ve been through with you, they love you anyway. So my sincerest hope is that for Maya, Dink, and for Dink, Maya, is that anyway friend. Because no matter how old you are or what your responsibilities, if you have love, real, unconditional love, I think you can make it. So, to my anyway friend and her anyway friend, may you not only make it but enjoy it."
~Sam's Toast in Private Practice, Season 3, Episode 15, "Till Death Do Us Part"
People like to say TV is trash, that they don't understand why people would waste time watching television when there are so many other things they could be doing. But I think TV is a laboratory in which people play out their possibilities, seeing who they could be or would be dependant upon the differing situations offered to them. I think many television shows are portals into other worlds, other perspectives that allow us to view ourselves differently. And I was impressed by Sam in this episode and the words he spoke even though they were difficult for him. Naomi and Sam both demonstrated courage- Naomi in coming to Maya's wedding and Sam for making this toast rather than chastising the two teenagers- and I thought the concept expressed was beautiful and worthy of note. Hurrah for anyway friends.