Sunday, March 17, 2013

Brothers & Sisters

Have y'all ever watched the tv show Brothers & Sisters? It was on ABC from 2006-2011.  I never watched it then, but thanks to the power of Netflix, it has recently become one of my favorite shows.


In case you don't know what the show is about (the title is a big hint), it's a show about the Walker family and their lives in California. "The series revolves around the lives and problems of the wealthy Walker family in the wake of the death of family patriarch William Walker (Tom Skerritt), the founder of the family business Ojai Foods. The family consists of wife and mother Nora Walker (Sally Field) who must deal with revelations about her husband's infidelity, and her children Sarah (Rachel Griffiths) and Tommy (Balthazar Getty), both married executives at Ojai Foods, Kitty (Calista Flockhart) a conservative activist, Kevin (Matthew Rhys) a gay lawyer, and youngest sibling Justin (Dave Annable), who has recently returned from the Iraq War with a substance abuse problem. They were joined by Nora's brother Saul (Ron Rifkin) and Holly Harper (Patricia Wettig), William's mistress. Plotlines typically revolved around the romantic relationships of the family, their business fortunes, especially with regard to the control of Ojai Foods, and the relationship between the siblings. Most conflicts were resolved with a renewed call for family unity." (from Wikipedia)  Must see tv, no?

And as I watch the show, I wonder, is this what having brothers and sisters is like?  Are they the keepers of your biggest secrets?  Secrets that not even your spouse knows about.  Do they talk about marriage problems, first dates, hook-ups, and one-night stands?  Are they your best friend?  I'll never have the answer to that question because I am an only child.

If those questions are yes, then I am super excited for my kids.  The oldest, S, is 3.5 years older than her two siblings, F (girl) and C(boy), who are fraternal twins. I can't wait for them to share secrets, talk about crushes, and help each other. I want to have that loud Walker family dynamic-a house full of laughter, love, and even the occasional fighting.  Now I can do without their infidelity and substance abuse problems, but the rest, sign me up!!!

So here's to all the brothers & sisters out there.  May you forever be each other's best friend for life.

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