Thursday, November 27, 2008
Goodnight John Boy...
I experience fond memories when I hear the theme song for The Walton's. Do you remember John Boy and the family?
Gove and I went out last night and purchased the first and second seasons. Now we can watch The Walton's every Sunday night for a whole year. I hope to help create wonderful feelings in the hearts and minds of our children as the characters of the tv program seemed to have accomplished for me. I am completely surprised that I can remember plots from so long ago.
This evening, we thought it fitting to start with The Walton's Thanksgiving special from the second season. I heard John Boy say something that I have recently learned. Before WWII, boys and girls were not called teenagers. John Boy tells his little sister that he is a young man and his friend Jenny is a young women. Good, I said to myself, my children just heard this great point. We are not having "teenagers" but rather responsible young adults living through the teen-age years.
Another aspect of family life I like is seeing the grandparents living with the family, and guiding the grandchildren. Grandpa takes Ben out to shoot a turkey and although Ben misses the shot Grandpa said he knew Ben needed the chance to try and learn from the experience so that next year he'd be more prepared. I think the Walton family will cement some of the lessons we are teaching our children about family life, work, initiative, dedication, learning, and curiosity to name a few.
A nice way to end this Thanksgiving day.