Saturday, September 22, 2012

Then and Now

We subscribe to Netflix and recently discovered that 'Leave it to Beaver' is available for our viewing pleasure! I love this show. Both Charming and I have always had an affinity for "old school" television, so you can imagine our excitement upon this discovery. Since then we have, much to the chagrin of our children, watched numerous episodes (forcing them to revel in its awesomeness). That Ward surely knew his stuff. And June? Boy does that woman have her shit together.

Given that the show was filmed from 1957 - 1963, I wasn't yet born and have no clue what life was like during this era. So, I can only assume that it was EXACTLY like the tv show. My mother assures me that it was not, but I kind of dig it so I have chosen to believe otherwise.

 I'm a "stay-at-home" mom. I find real humor in how much times and people have changed from "back in the day". Really - if you haven't ever seen this show, or it's been a while, try to catch an episode or two. It's hilarious. I'm confident that if Charming ever came home to me vacuuming in heels, he'd have me committed (or check the liquor cabinet because SURELY I've wiped it out to inspire such behavior).

THEN: Ward comes home after a long day at the office looking dapper with his custom-tailored suit and briefcase. June meets him at the front door with his drink, wearing a dress, apron, pearls, heels, and full make-up. "Hello, dear! Have a good day? Dinner's in the oven. It will be ready in just a few minutes."

Can you picture it? Hilarity.

NOW: Charming comes home after a long day at the office. He does/did look nice - slacks and a button-down shirt, which is halfway un-tucked by now. Tying up a conversation on his cell phone, the laptop bag is immediately thrown on the floor. I'm sitting on the couch putting on my tennis shoes. I've got on shorts and a t-shirt, and my hair is pulled into a ponytail. I should really put on a baseball cap because I didn't wash my hair today. I don't have on a matter of fact, I've forgotten that I still have zit cream on my chin. Oh, and there's coffee spilled down my shirt from the speed bump I forgot about on the way to school - my outing for the day - but I didn't change because, again, I wasn't going anywhere.
"Hey. I was going to make dinner but I got all the crap out and realized I was missing an ingredient. Didn't get to the store because...well, I just didn't. Don't judge me. Anyway...I'm just gonna go to Taco Bell, so what do you want?"

I'll bet you can picture that one.

Okay, so this isn't how it goes down EVERY day. I do make dinner at home. Sometimes. And I don't always have stains on my clothes. But, this has happened in our house (more than once).

I think poking fun at myself I frequently crack jokes at my own expense. Charming says I don't give myself enough credit. I think he's just trying to be nice. And stay married. Besides, if I wrote about how awesome I was at stuff, that would be lame.

"Laugh at yourself first, before anyone else can." - Maxwell, Elsa

1 comment:

  1. I can totally relate, which makes it even more hilarious.


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