Parenthood

Parenthood

Is anyone else in love with this show?

It’s another Netflix gem we stumbled across.

I’m in trouble too because Jon and I started out watching it together, but now, somehow, I am eight episodes ahead of him….whoops!  I don’t know how it happened!  A few times during Cameron’s nap I just couldn’t resist the Goldfish and the instant television gratification.

The characters in this show are so endearing and their problems, both realistic and overly dramatic, are entertaining and sometimes relate-able.

I think the thing I love most about this show is that no matter how big the problem or how stupid the mistake, at the end of most episodes this family is gathered together eating dinner or hanging out or drinking wine.  They are together.

Most of us never get to experience this kind of cross-generational community because most of us don’t live a hop, skip and a jump away from our brothers and sisters, parents and grandparents.  And even if we do, it’s rare these days to find families with a strong family identity who value togetherness more than success, autonomy and activities.  Heck, it’s rare to find families who even like each other…unless you’re on The Bachelor because somehow only people with perfect families who think their parents are the most beautiful examples of marriage get to be on that show.  It’s super weird.

Anyway, getting back on track now…

My favorite character is grandpa Zeke who is macho, harshly outspoken and at times offensive and full of tenderness towards his children and grandchildren.  I love how he isn’t a grandfather who just putzes around or watches TV, but he takes his role in the family seriously.  He’s the glue that binds everyone together.

I grew up in a family where family gatherings were very tame and quiet, so I think the idea of a big, crazy, loud family is appealing to me.  The grass is always greener at the house next door, right?

The main takeaway from Parenthood is that family exists through heartache, happiness and dysfunction.  And we all long for this kind of love and family.

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