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BIRD LADY
The man I loved fell out of love with me. That broke my heart. When the chance to be loved came along again, I ran away from it. I stopped trusting people.
KEVIN MCCALLISTER
No offense, but that seems like sort of a dumb thing to do.
BIRD LADY
I was afraid of getting my heart broken again. Sometimes you can trust a person, and then, when things are down, they forget about you.
KEVIN MCCALLISTER
Maybe they're just too busy. Maybe they don't forget about you, but they forget to remember you. People don't mean to forget. My grandfather says if my head wasn't screwed on, I'd leave it on the school bus.
BIRD LADY
I'm just afraid if I do trust someone, I'll get my heart broken.
KEVIN MCCALLISTER
I understand. I had a nice pair of Rollerblades. I was afraid to wreck them, so I kept them in a box. Do you know what happened? I outgrew them. I never wore them outside. Only in my room a few times.
BIRD LADY
A person's heart and feelings are very different than skates.
KEVIN MCCALLISTER
They're kind of the same thing. If you won't use your heart, who cares if it gets broken? If you just keep it to yourself, maybe it'll be like my Rollerblades. When you do decide to try it, it won't be any good. You should take a chance. Got nothing to lose.
BIRD LADY
Little truth in there somewhere.
KEVIN MCCALLISTER
I think so. Your heart might still be broken, but it isn't gone. If it was gone, you wouldn't be so nice.
BIRD LADY
Thank you. Do you know it's been a couple of years since I've talked to anybody?
KEVIN MCCALLISTER
That's okay. You're good at it. You're not boring. You don't mumble or spit. You should do it more often. Just wear an outfit with no pigeon poop on it.
BIRD LADY
I have been working very hard at keeping people away. I always think I'll have a lot of fun if I'm alone... but when I'm alone, it's not fun.
KEVIN MCCALLISTER
I don't care how much people bug me, I'd rather be with someone than alone.
BIRD LADY
So what are you doing alone on Christmas Eve? You did something wrong?
KEVIN MCCALLISTER
A lot of things.
BIRD LADY
Did you know that a good deed erases a bad deed?
KEVIN MCCALLISTER
It's late. I don't know if I'll have enough time to do enough good deeds to erase all my bad ones.
BIRD LADY
It's Christmas Eve. Good deeds count extra tonight. Think of an important thing you can do for others, and go do it. Just follow the star in your heart.
KEVIN MCCALLISTER
Okay... It's getting pretty late. I'd better get going. If I don't see you, I hope everything turns out okay.
BIRD LADY
Thank you.
KEVIN MCCALLISTER
Tell the birds I said goodbye.
BIRD LADY
I will.
KEVIN MCCALLISTER
If you need somebody to trust, it can be me. I won't forget to remember you.
BIRD LADY
Don't make promises you can't keep.
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KEVIN MCCALLISTER
I won't forget to remember you.
BIRD LADY
Don't make promises you can't keep.