Hollywood vs. Real Life

I just finished watching “This Is Where I Leave You” staring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey. The movie is a comedy/drama about a dysfunctional family gathering together to mourn the death of their patriarch. While the family is together, relationships bloom, relationships fall apart, there are fights,lifelong  resentments are uncovered, ugly truths are revealed for all to see. As I sat watching the movie I began to cry. All I could think was…

“I wish my family was this stable and happy”

I gave up on the idea of a “Leave It to Beaver” or “Brady Bunch” type of family when I was a young child. Now in my late 40s, I long for a family where the worst things that happen are a spouse becomes pregnant and doesn’t know who the father is, or a sibling sleeps with their therapist. I wish my life and my family were that stable.

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