The ‘Good Ole Days’; “They don’t make ‘em like they used to!’; ‘I remember when…’. We have all heard these sayings before and many of us still use them. We refer to the days of the past when so many things were different, and in many ways, perhaps better. Many people have ‘lost’ or have forgotten important qualities of the past. Why can’t we live in a ‘Leave It To Beaver’ world today?
My husband and sons have heard me ask this question so many times. Don’t get me wrong; I am not talking about giving up all the wonderful technology and time-saving appliances we have today. No way! I am referring to the way we treat people.
Since I am home a lot, I often listen to the reruns of the classic TV shows like ‘Leave It To Beaver’, ‘Father Knows Best’, and ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ while I am working and creating handmade greeting cards. (Thank you TV Land and Antenna TV for airing these wonderful programs!)
These old time classic TV series show how the qualities of respect, consideration, family values, and common decency added a sense of stability and comfort to everyday life. I know they are just television shows, but they do reflect the qualities of many family lives during their original air times. Many of the problems that exist today were also present during the time period of these quality shows: The ‘Beaver’ and big brother Wally were bullied by ‘Lumpy’ in one episode and in another ‘Beaver’ gets in trouble for ‘skipping’ school. And we can’t forget the antics of ‘Eddie Haskell’. People didn’t seem to have the attitude of ‘It’s all about me’, or ‘What’s in it for me?’, or completely disrespecting others. Even Eddie Haskell admitted his wrong-doings by the end of the episodes. Why can’t everyone be like that today?
Today we are all pulled in different directions and many are faced with financial and family issues that add so much stress to our daily lives. The traditional family structures have changed over the years, but we are still living in the same world. We can’t afford to lose these important qualities in our world today. Why can’t everyone show the qualities of respect, consideration, family values, and common decency today?
In the meantime, I will continue to enjoy those qualities while I watch ‘Leave It To Beaver’ in my world. Everyone is invited to tune in and join me!
Thanks for reading!
A bit of trivia:
Barbara Billingsley told an interviewer in 2007 the reason she always wore pearls on camera is because of a small indentation just above her sternum that didn’t photograph well.
In the pilot episode, the part of “Frankie” was played by a young Harry Shearer.
Big brother Wally tried to pronounce his baby brother’s name when he was born….’Theodore’ sounded more like ‘Beaver’. The rest is history!