How many of you remember the old show, “Father Knows Best?” For those of you staring blankly at my words, saying, “Father Knows What?”, let me fill you in. This was a Television show which believe it or not was in black and white, shown during the time when we had to actually get out of our chairs to turn the channel knob. Yup, no remote control. This procedure didn’t take too long however, since we only had around five channels. I know! Hard to imagine. Adjusting the vertical and horizontal hold was the killer. But I digress.
“Father Knows Best,” as well as several other wonderful shows - Leave It To Beaver, Ozzie And Harriet, and Donna Reed - all portrayed family lives, in which, Mom stayed home, (always looking perfect in a dress and heels, as she cooked well balanced meals and cleaned house. Usually living in the kitchen,) the kids went to school, had chores and actually played together. The father went to work and came home, full of sage advice, and loving hugs for all. Perfectly realistic, right? Maybe not.
In their, sometimes less than perfect worlds, conflicts occurred, lessons were taught, laughs were had, and all was well once again with their lives. In under thirty minutes. Saving time for a word from their sponsors.
|Beaver has a black eye|
Sounds just like our lives - right? Didn’t we all have perfect homes? Perfect thirty minute episode lives? Yeah. Me either. Maybe that’s why I still love watching the re-runs of these old shows.
|Listening to Betty|
Our lives have become more like continuing dramas. The ratings can very from day to day, episode to episode. Problems remain unsolved, even after the drama is over. Black and white, has been replaced by
3D and 4D, explode in your face, 1000 channel, mega screens, which dominate the entire home. Father knows best, sadly for many is more like, Daddy don’t give a darn. (I cleaned it up.) Our family issues have become more complex, even dangerous.
Unlike earthly fathers, our Heavenly Father never messes up. We may not always understand His ways, but He never makes mistakes. His love for us in unconditional. No matter how fast paced or chaotic our lives, or the lives of our families may become, He is always with us. I find that so very comforting.
What are your favorite old family shows?
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