What comes to your mind when I say “Archie and Edith Bunker”? TV sitcom, old, outdated, crazy, funny, stubborn, conflict, etc. All of these things would be indicative of the award winning 1970’s sitcom entitled All in the Family.
I watched an episode recently and laughed out loud several times. Archie is the guy you either love to hate, or hate to love. He’s a stubborn, arrogant, racist, cantankerous, cigar-smoking, blue collar, older gentleman with a sweet, air-headed wife, a cute daughter, and a meathead son-in-law.
It just dawned on me…I wonder how someone would describe my family? If there was a TV sitcom based on me and my family, what issues would be aired on national TV? Would we resolve all of our conflict? Would we come across as quirky, as arrogant, as stubborn? (Don’t answer that… :-))
What if the show was All in YOUR Family? What would we learn about you? Would we see deep love despite deep flaws?
Here’s the thing…What I loved about All in the Family was as quirky as they all were, and as much conflict that occurred week in and week out, these people loved each other and worked to resolve the conflict. Most generally it happened as one member of the family realized their selfishness, admitted their wrong, and arrived at a better understanding of themselves and others. Wow! What a novel idea, huh? And what a huge lesson we could all learn today.
Just for fun, I jotted down a few “Archie Bunker-isms” to get you through the week. Laugh a little at them. But more importantly, remember the title of the show. All in the Family. As you read through these, bring to mind the flaws and imperfections of your own family. Remember how quirky all the members of your family can be. Recall the conflicts that have arisen among your family. But don’t forget you’re still family. Work to resolve the issues. Embrace each other’s differences. Admit your own arrogance and imperfections. And above all, love them like crazy.
Here’s to Archie Bunker:
- “God don’t make no mistakes. That’s how He got to be God.”
- “It’s a proven fact that capital punishment is a well-known detergent to crime.”
- “That’s the kind of luck poor Mr. Lincoln had the night he went to the movies….as he sat in John Wilkes’ booth.”
- “The Lord may be smilin’ on the sheeps, but they still wind up as lamb chops.”
- “What do I look like, an inferior decorator?”
- “I am B-U-Z-Y, busy!”
- “If you was eavesdripping, that there is a very defensive thing to do.”
- “A bird that always flies in the fog is called a dingbat.”
- “A woman doctor is only good for women’s problems – like your groinocology.”
- “All kids are trouble, Edith. And I don’t wanna spend my reclining years trying to raise another one.”
- “Edith, at my age I don’t need roughage – I need smoothage!”