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Forrest is in Vietnam, in the dark, with just the light of a flashlight, under a tarp, in the rain, writing a letter to Jenny. A second scene from later in the movie shows getting a big pile of mail. It turns out that every letter he sent to Jenny was marked, 'Return to Sender'.
**-- HERE IS THE VIDEO TRANSCRIPT --** Writing letters has become a lost art ... disappointing when the letters never reach the intended person. Hi, I'm Steve Weber. And today we have a special treat. Scene 82 is actually a 2-scene combination. Out of the 94 best movie scenes, there are 6 of these combo scenes ... you'll see more as we count down to #1 on July 6, 2019 to celebrate the movie's 25th anniversary. Does anyone take the time to write a letter, put it in an envelope, address it, put a stamp on it, deliver it to post office ... and then wait for a reply? Forrest wrote Jenny all the time. It was his way of staying connected. Today, we communicate differently. We text. Email. Tweet. Taking the time to write out a full letter - or even a full email - is becoming a lost art. And who bothers to take the time to read their emails? Writing letters - like Forrest wrote Jenny - is becoming a bit of a lost art. A few scenes later we learn that all of the letters that Forrest wrote to Jenny never arrived ? can you imagine the heartbreak and disappointment he must of felt? There is always a disappointment when something we send is returned. A gift that is never received. Forrest had a moment of optimism when a big pile of letters is delivered to him. It turns out that every on of the letters was written by Forrest - to Jenny - and never received. His moment of optimism instantly turned to disappointment - or probably even great sadness. It takes Gumption to keep your chin up when you receive a big pile of disappointment. Let's all be gump-like ... let's all keep our chin up in the face of disappointment ... let's all live our lives with Gumption.