The Loose Bloggers Consortium, is an informal group of bloggers who post on a given topic each Friday. One topic is posted, then each member gives it their individual treatment. The current members are, in aphabetical order:ANU, (ASHOK is on hiatus), , CONRAD, GAELIKAA, GINGER, GRANNYMAR , (HELEN, is on hiatus), MAGPIE11, MARIA, (MARIANNA is on hiatus ) and RUMMUSER .
This weeks topic is "The Perfect Life"
As a youth, the favorite television programs of the time were sitcom's such as "Father Knows Best", "Leave It To Beaver", "The Donna Reed Show", "Bonanza", and of course "The Andy Griffith Show." I enjoyed watching these shows. I don't remember ever thinking I wish I could be in those families, basically, they showed how most families lived. Oh, I don't mean everyone had the houses or all moms wore high heels to do the housework, (actually, I didn't know of any mom that wore heels to work around the house, can you imagine how uncomfortable that would be), but that courtesy, manners, how brothers and sisters behaved mattered. Even in the sitcoms, there were struggles, sibling rivalry, and a few crises arose. So while the sitcoms exaggerated, they also presented a life that most people were familiar with. A family could sit down and watch the show together, laugh and cry with the characters. I think one thought that came out of the shows were that there isn't a perfect life. No matter where you live or how many parents you have or don't have, nor the money could give a person a perfect life.
Frankly, I think a perfect live would be boring. I heard someone say one time, in response to a comment about how this person wished his life was like a straight line, that life is up and down, the only way life is a straight line is if you're dead.
Of course, out of the above sitcoms, if I had a choice of which life I'd like to have it would be Bonanza or Andy Griffith. Why, because they reached outside the immediate family to show how life affected others. Both had a family with a single parent and a sense of humor.