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Phil Kaye & Sarah Kay // Origin Story

  • Sarah Kay: It started with a sweater.
  • Phil Kaye: I was looking incredibly fly. First day of college orientation as a freshman... plus, I'm the type of guy who's always trying to make a good impression.
  • Sarah: He looked like a tool. And it's the first week of school, so I've got people to meet and things to try. I don't have time to waste on this guy loitering backstage at a talent show.
  • Phil: It started with a freshman talent show, a chance to showcase what I know about spoken word and poetry and try and get some people to notice me.
  • Sarah: It started with a technical difficulty -
  • Phil: some sort of delay -
  • Sarah: somebody's iPod track wouldn't play.
  • Phil: So I'm stuck waiting backstage when I notice this girl -
  • Sarah: and he walks over, stupid sweater and all. There was nowhere to run, backstage was too small.
  • Phil: And I'm so nervous about going onstage, I decide to strike up a conversation.
  • Sarah: Oh, sorry, I completely got ahead of myself. I totally skipped introductions. My name is Sarah Kay.
  • Phil: My name is Phil Kaye. I'm from California -
  • Sarah: born and raised in NYC.
  • Phil: Let's see, fun fact about me -
  • Both: My mom is Japanese and my dad is Jewish.
  • Sarah: Not a common combination, but I think it's kinda cute. People call me Japajew -
  • Phil: Jewpanese -
  • Sarah: Ashkenazi kamikaze.
  • Phil: And come December -
  • Both: Hanukkah and Christmas!
  • Sarah: Plus, you should taste my mother's brisket. Jan has matzah ball soup with noodles...brings my father Jeffrey to his knees.
  • Phil: It took mom and dad to raise this lanky, cock-eyed, half-breed.
  • Sarah: Well, I think that's it. My mom, my dad, and me - oh, plus my little brother. He's eighteen.
  • Phil: My little sister is a deadpan firecracker. She's only eighteen, but she keeps me on track. Her name is Sarah.
  • Sarah: My little brother's name is Phillip.
  • Both: Anyway.
  • Sarah: Where was I?
  • Phil: It started with a backstage interaction.
  • Sarah: No, it started with a backward first impression.
  • Phil: Okay, well, I'll tell you where it didn't start. It didn't start at fifth grade summer camp.
  • Sarah: That's true, it did not start at junior lifeguards. Even though we were both there.
  • Phil: Matching red bathing suits, white t-shirts, visors, and our counsellor -
  • Both: Mr. Johnson.
  • Sarah: Who probably figured that the shy girl in his morning class -
  • Phil: and the skinny kid in his afternoon class -
  • Both: were... cousins?!
  • Sarah: Probably thought we carpooled over together -
  • Phil: in between family photoshoots and fourth of July barbecues.
  • Sarah: But instead, we merely co-existed -
  • Phil: almost met but always missed it -
  • Sarah: spinning around like two sides of a coin.
  • Phil: Look!
  • Both: We've done the research!
  • Sarah: And we swear, we're not related.
  • Phil: And we've never dated.
  • Both: And we're never... EVER... going to.
  • Phil: Because what are the chances of finding someone with your last name -
  • Sarah: Japanese and Jewish with siblings called the same?
  • Phil: What are the odds of finding someone -
  • Sarah: who can finish your sentences -
  • Phil: who will let you cut in line -
  • Sarah: who knows not to just lend a hand, or an ear when you need them to give you their spine -
  • Phil: who is woman enough to be best man at your wedding -
  • Sarah: who will keep every secret, save every letter, tell you how you really look -
  • Phil: who will remember every single one of your birthdays -
  • Sarah: without checking Facebook?
  • Phil: What are the odds of finding someone who knows your poetry by heart -
  • Sarah: who won't freak out if you're hanging out and accidentally fart?
  • Phil: Yeah. If you have a date and you need to look fresh, I will let you borrow my hair products.
  • Sarah: And if you don't have a date and you need to look fresh, I will let you borrow... my cousin.
  • Phil: I will always see you for the alley-oop.
  • Sarah: I will always save you a seat.
  • Phil: I will always pick you to be my partner even though you are terrible at handball.
  • Sarah: When the fire takes all you have, my home will be your home.
  • Phil: When you are old and can no longer remember my face, I will meet you for the first time again and again.
  • Sarah: When they make fun of your accent, I will take you swimming because we all sound the same underwater.
  • Phil: When Ellis Island tries to erase your past, I will call you by your real name.
  • Sarah: When they call your number for the draft, I will enlist to fight beside you.
  • Phil: And I will march with you from Selma to Montgomery and back as many times as it takes.
  • Sarah: We will stand together against the hoses and the dogs -
  • Both: because it didn't start with us.
  • Phil: It started with Lennon and McCartney.
  • Sarah: It started with Thelma and Louise.
  • Phil: It started with Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin.
  • Sarah: Bert and Ernie!
  • Phil: Abbott and Costello!
  • Sarah: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern!
  • Phil: Mario and Luigi!
  • Sarah: Watson and Sherlock!
  • Phil: Pikachu and Charizard! And they could tell you what a miracle this is.
  • Sarah: They could tell you how rare this is.
  • Phil: But they could tell you how rare friendship always is.
  • Sarah: The chances are slim.
  • Phil: The cards are always stacked against you, the odds are always low.
  • Both: But I have seen the best of you, and the worst of you, and I choose both.
  • Phil: I want to share every single one of your sunshines and save some for later.
  • Sarah: I will tuck them into my pockets so I can give them back to you when the rains fall hard.
  • Both: Friend -
  • Phil: I want to be the mirror that reminds you to love yourself.
  • Sarah: I want to be air in your lungs that reminds you to breathe easy.
  • Phil: When the walls come down -
  • Sarah: when the thunder rumbles -
  • Both: when nobody else is home, hold my hand -
  • Phil: and I promise -
  • Both: I won't let go.
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