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The Brady Bunch aired on TV from 1969 to 1974, just about the same time my children were in their growing up years. The reality TV situation comedies had not yet hit the airwaves. The Brady’s were the perfect family – the next step up from Father Knows Best. The mother stayed at home while dad went off to corporate scene dressed in a suit and tie. They had a maid to take care of the important things, like cleaning, doing the laundry and cooking. The children were often at each others’ throats, but Alice would often take charge there too. Mrs. Brady did some domestic things, like put away the towels, but I think her job was really just to be cute.
Yesterday was my son’s 52nd birthday. We celebrated together with him, his girl friend, other two children, their spouses and our three grandchildren. On most birthdays we have gotten together and been able to hug and to physically be in the presence of one another. Yesterday we all gathered around our phones and computers to sing happy birthday, via Zoom. This new app is allowing families to “get together” even though we’ve been placed in isolation. We were isolated in little boxes on the screen, kind of like the Bradys. We laughed, shared how we were doing and laughed some more, but the physical part of being together is something that can’t be digitized – at least not yet. Maybe in another 50 years.
Times change, but who would’ve thought we’d be forced into isolation for our own good? Today we’re experiencing a new kind of loneliness as part of the senior community. Those who normally work from home are feeling even more trapped, while those with children at home are almost overloaded with family time?
I have no idea where we’ll be in the next few weeks, months or longer. I’m confident that God has a plan. Man will continue to search for answers. Vaccines will become available. Families will grow closer. Time and space will divide us for a while, but the unknown is still in the hands of our Creator. He can take a time of chaos and turn it into something beautiful. He can plant the seeds of knowledge in the minds of scientists to find a cure. He will bring good out of what seems an impossible situation. His plans are unknown to us, but we can be confident that they’re always for good.
Someday this pandemic will come to an end. I pray that we will have learned to love one another again – to appreciate how important we are to each other – to try an employ some of the lessons we’re learning for the good of community and the world.
We will never see families like the Brady Bunch again. They were a stereotypical family of the time. The families of 2020 will be remembered as bonded, strong, caring, helpful, loving and serving. We will also be known as the Together Generation, because God will use this disaster to unite once more.