Say the word “family” and a myriad of images come to mind, a collage of both personal and fabricated images. Images that nonetheless influence thoughts, opinions, feelings and beliefs— individually and collectively.
Since its inception, television sitcoms have played a fundamental role in shaping our image of “family”. Beginning in the 50s with the Leave it to Beaver series. Did the Cleavers represent the America of the 50s? No. Both parents were
college educated. They owned their home and could afford the luxuries many in America at that time could not.
However, we all can learn a thing a two about “family” as portrayed by the Cleavers. In the Cleaver’s home
- family values were discussed and modeled.
- roles and corresponding responsibilities were clearly defined.
- rewards for appropriate behavior and negative consequences for inappropriate behavior were dispensed impartially and lovingly.
- adults’ actions and words were not contradictory.
- love was demonstrated by providing temporal possessions AND emotional support.
Despite the fictionalization of family life, the prevailing thread in the Leave it to Beaver series was that at the end of the day our family will always love one another, imperfections and all. Something no matter your upbringing or age is something to be treasured and emulated.
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Have a great Monday! Rita
Be the VOICE heard amidst the deafening sound of sameness!