Especially when one considers that it was a movie targeted toward children, I took the movie "Up" maybe a little too seriously. In a complicated and beautiful way, Carl and Ellie do make it to Paradise Falls, but I didn't want that to be our story. That is why I was so determined that, come hell, high water, car repair bills or odd emergency room visits, we were going to make it to Paradise Falls while we were still young enough to enjoy it.
Our Paradise Falls was Japan. And we did make it. While we would both love to go back, and we have in fact gone to other places both before and after that trip, that was the biggie. This was the one we planned for since the beginning of our relationship, and the one that mattered the most. So when she is an old woman, she won't have to tie balloons to the house and head off there on her own.