Steve's Saturday golf means I can please myself with all manner of girlie shit on the tellie, if I have had the foresight to record something worthy. And as luck would have it, on a quick flick around last night I saw that the final episodes of last season's 'Offspring' were being replayed, so with a flickity flick flick, it was sitting there for me today. Don't ya just love technology?
2 Hours, well less cos I fast forwarded through the ads, of emotional rollercoaster. I laughed and cried like a baby. Yes I had seen it all before, but I had no trouble watching as if for the first time. I reckon it is so well put together!
When I wiped away the last of the tears I was left wondering about the family dynamic of both Nina and me.
To summarise, this is Nina's lot:
- an interfering but quirky loveable mother.
- a father who isn't her father who is divorced from her mother but still loves her all the while he is off on a grey nomads journey with his baby son and his mother who was heavily involved with another bloke but broke it off to go a wandering.
- a latterly discovered biological father who is more than a little odd but pleasant enough who had a renewed affair with her mother, but that too died a strange death.
- a flaky sister and a soon to be ex brother-in-law.
- an organic hippy type of brother and his girlfriend and baby
- and of course there are other various hangers on who all add spice to the action.
My lot is smaller and far less harmonious and definitely less humorous:
- Dead dad gone too soon, no angel but a lot of fun.
- Bitter twisted estranged mother.
- Dead felon brother who I hadn't seen since he had smashed his way into my house and stole stuff and threatened to kill my sister 20 years ago.
- A sister who has become part of her husband's 'Look at me, Look at me, Look at me,' cult and therefore finds Steve and I too fat to tolerate.
- Beautiful daughter and grandie boy.
- Steve who has accepted this lot as he has found 'em, which for most of 'em is not at all.
And maybe that is why this show is such a hit. It certainly encourages us to think that familial harmony is possible and that if all else ends in a heap, you can always rely on 'blood'.
I am pretty sure that my Bell doesn't watch what she would consider such dross, but if she did I hope she would say that she is as loved as Nina, even if her family numbers don't quite add up.