Read Hopper's Touching "Heart-to-Heart" Speech for Mike & Eleven.
If you haven't yet watched the entire third season of "Stranger Things", stop now! This article contains a spoiler without context - but a spoiler non-the-less! But, if you want a good, messy cry - read on. The following is a word-for-word transcript of Hopper's beautiful speech for Mike & Eleven.
Like Any Good Dad, Hopper Asked a Mother for Advice...
To set this up briefly, Hopper was trying to have a "heart-to-heart" with El and Mike (Chapter One: Suzie, Do You Copy?). The decision to have this talk came after 6-months of the cute couple spending all day everyday together. A lot of that together time in Eleven's room making out.
So, like any good (responsible) dad, Hopper went to a mother to ask advice. Joyce suggested having a "heart-to-heart" with the kids to set some boundaries. Hopper wrote a speech and prepared himself to give it.
But, Hopper tried to talk to the kids. He just couldn't get the words out. Here's what he wanted to say.
Grab Some Tissues, Here's Hopper’s Touching Speech for Mike & Eleven...
There's something I've been wanting to talk to you both about. I know this is a difficult conversation, but I care about you both very much. And I know that you care about each other very much. And that's why it's important that we set these boundaries moving forward, so we can build an environment where we all feel...comfortable...trusted...and open...to sharing our feelings.
Feelings. Feelings. Jesus...
The truth is, for so long, I'd forgotten what those even were. I've been stuck in one place, in a cave, you might say. A deep, dark cave. And then, I left some Eggos out in the woods, and you came into my life and for the first time in a long time, I started to feel things again. I started to feel happy.
But, lately, I guess I've been feeling distant from you. Like you're pulling away from me or something. I miss playing board games every night making triple-decker Eggo extravaganzas at sunrise, watching westerns together before we doze off.
But I know you're getting older...
And I guess if I'm being really honest, that's what scares me. I don't want things to change. So, I think maybe that's why I came in here, to try to maybe stop that change. To turn back the clock. To make things go back to how they were.
But I know that's naive...
It's just not how life works. It's moving. Always moving, whether you like it or not. And, yeah, sometimes it's painful. Sometimes it's sad. And sometimes it's surprising. Happy.
So, you know what? Keep on growing up, kid. Don't let me stop you. Make mistakes, learn from 'em, and when life hurts you, because it will, remember the hurt. The hurt is good. It means you're out of that cave.
But, please, if you don't mind, for the sake of your poor old dad, keep the door open three inches.
- Nick Runyeard
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