Archive | November, 2013

“Parenthood,” My Dysfunctional Second Family.

14 Nov
What if this entire post was about the 1989 hit Steve Martin film, Parenthood, instead of the popular television show currently airing with the same title. That would be funny. And topical!

What if this entire post was about the 1989 hit Steve Martin film, Parenthood, instead of the popular television show currently airing with the same title? That would be surprising.

It's actually about the television program, starring these people.

It’s actually about the television program, starring these people.

When I was on maternity leave last fall, I noticed that my baby slept a lot. Like, a lot. Similar to the resting patterns of a dog, in fact: poop, get tired, go to sleep, repeat. And he was always on my lap, so I couldn’t move or do anything else (because all new parents know that your energy is just so high that all you really want to do is run around and clean, and not just sit on a couch staring straight ahead, wondering what happened to your life and if you’ll ever sleep again). So with all this “down time” I watched a lot of shitty daytime television (please see my post about said shitty daytime television here) and that just made me feel really lonely and sad and dirty. I decided that I needed a fresh start!  Watch a show that everyone has been telling me I would love and that will make all my exhaustion magically disappear! I chose Parenthood because two of my girlfriends had encouraged me to watch it and, in fact, we watched a couple of episodes on a vacation, about a year prior. I wasn’t that into it (please see my post about said dislike for first episodes here), but I certainly didn’t hate it. So I gave it a shot during my son’s 15th nap one day, and to my surprise, I loved it! I totally forgot that I was tired and I became a rejuvenated and productive person who was adding something to society. JUST KIDDING! Man, I was so tired. But at least it gave me something to look at. And the characters all seemed worse off than me, which didn’t hurt either.

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