A couple of months ago, I discovered that one of the TV channels I receive was running old reruns of "The Waltons". For those of you who don't know, "The Waltons" was an American TV series that ran from 1972 to 1981; the show revolved around a large family living during the depression era and dealt with the usual problems of raising children, making ends meet and family values.
I remember liking the TV series in the 70's. It wasn't so sacrine-sweet that it presented a false picture of familial perfection. What I really liked was that in spite of the faults and foibles of the family, there was an undercurrent of deep love and acceptance. There was a working through of problems; and no one had to say the F word to make a point.
These days, I find myself looking forward to sitting on the couch after dinner to watch those long-forgotten reruns. I not only unwind from the hussle and bussle of my very busy day, but it seems to set me right again -- to put me back in touch with the things I value most: family, love, acceptance and the little things in life being the important things. It doesn't matter that I don't have a new car or that the living room carpet is badly worn or that my winter coat is not this year's style. I have a home and a wonderful family and a great God and a few good friends. I have it all!
TV reality is an oxymoron, isn't it! For most of us, it's not our reality. We don't live like The Kardashians; we don't have it in us to compete in The Amazing Race or Survivor; and we aren't shaped correctly for America's Next Top Model. Why the heck do they consider it reality TV? But millions of people watch it for its entertainment value and it takes us out of our own sometimes stressful reality. So, I'm not knocking it.
All I'm saying is that when I look at what's offered on television today -- the good and the bad -- there's a dearth of wholesome, full of love, build-us-up programs. Why, I don't know if there are any if we take out the few family-centred comedies on TV.
|And if I have to find it in reruns, so be it.|