Posted by: reisendame | June 10, 2008

Family dinners and other such dynamics

Cruising through youtube, I recently came across this interesting instructional short film straight out of 1950 and the early nuclear age. Its name is “A Date with your Family.”

This video is about ten minutes long, but one can catch the drift of its message within the first minute or so. What we see here is a strange attempt to convince viewers (children of that era) that their lives will somehow be “righted” by following the proper steps presented in the video. It really has very little to do with the reasons as to why having dinner with your family might be a good thing.

I could talk for days about the stereotypes and politics behind this creepy fifty-eight-year-old film and its intentions, but I’d rather bring its points to the present day.

While I wholly refute the roles dictated by this particular piece of propaganda, i do fully support and believe in the importance of a “family dinner,” and occasions like it.

Nowadays, most family members are thrown asunder by differences in schedules, obligations, and priorities. There is so much going on that it’s difficult to remember (let alone force yourself) to set aside “family time.”

Still, I’d like to find someone who disagrees that family is initially and will ultimately be the most important force in all of our lives.

I don’t think anyone ever needed an instructional video to learn this.

A family doesn’t have to be perfect; in fact, none of them are. And they are rarely what could be called “typical.” Take this one for example:

This is someone who once was a woman pregnant with triplets and now is a man who is pregnant with one child and married to a woman who was born a woman and is barren.

Whatever works, right?


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