EOS has alerted me that the Beaver’s mom has died. She was 94 – not a bad run.
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A good life gone down… Bummer, alhough, good for her..
Great clip, from Airplane.
I grew up with a June Cleaver-type mom. In the days before we felt compelled to say “stay-at-home mom”, women who could afford to be home seemed to relish the tasks. I didn’t know too many of my friend’s moms who were unhappy, but who knows, maybe they were and drank all day to keep a smile going?
I just saw the movie Waiting for Superman (about education) and the constant conversation I have with friends is that all the women my age who went to college to be teachers are retiring/retired. Today’s 20-somethings have far more doors open to them than June Cleaver did and teaching seems to be for those who can’t get into law school. It’s sad that teaching has fallen so far down the status ladder. When I was little, teachers were the the top of the heap. IMO, that’s what’s wrong with our school system. Not enough people WANT to be teachers.
Wow, that was long-winded. Sorry. Anyway, here’s to you June Cleaver and all the other June Cleavers out there who raised armies of great baby- boomer kids who appreciate all your hard work.
I loved The Beave, and of course, The Beave had a great mom and dad.
While I surely understand and agree with all the women who wanted to do something more than stay home and bake cookies (ahem) – I nevertheless do think that we have lost something as we gained. At times, it seems that for too many, the kids are an afterthought….
Anyway. Great run by BB – even though she was the only mom I knew who actually wore pearls while she made the meatloaf.
Beavers mom certainly was tug worthy. And what did she have to bitch about? Two dork kids went to school everyday, her husband went to work every day, and she stayed home and diddled herself. Sign me up for that deal.
But I d0 kind of like that the Beaver decided to shave.
You raise a very important point. K-12 education is so bad today primarily because the today’s teachers are so lousy. When we were kids teaching was one of the best jobs open to women, and we consequently got very high quality teachers.
The other point you make, the Mom-running-the-home norm that we grew up with was also frequently characterized by one car, one bathroom, one unglamorous two week vacation each summer, very infrequent restrauant meals, and hand me down clothes. Most families did with less so that mothers could spend full time raising children. It worked pretty well.
Damn, The Duke loved that show!
“Wally, did you wash for dinner”?
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