It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye (to the Bravermans)
I was warned. If you watch ‘Parenthood’ — You. Will. Cry.
And it’s true. ‘Parenthood’, Jason Katims family drama about the Braverman clan, has moved me to tears and laughter (and sometimes a combination of both) each and every time I’ve sat down to watch it. It’s penultimate episode aired last week, and the series finale is already written and will be shared with the masses tomorrow night on NBC. This makes me a bit sad, because the heartfelt saga (and only show I watch regularly) will be over.
The title of the show is what initially drew me in, now that I have entered into the rest-of-my-life-long season of parenthood. Part of me wanted to know what to expect, to perhaps have some of the same struggles and joys I am currently experiencing play out on the screen. In this, ‘Parenthood’ and the Bravermans have certainly delivered and I often come away from the show feeling as if I’d caught up with a close friend over a drink.
It’s so real, so poignant, the not-so-cookie-cutter characters realistic and likable, yet flawed and fallible. I guess that’s what makes them realistic and likeable, because, let’s face it — who can relate to perfection?
But I don’t mind the tears. I welcome them and applaud the great writing, wonderful performances and intriguing story lines that have me looking forward to the next episode, when I will watch not at its scheduled time, but late at night, when my little boys are tucked in bed, snoring ever so sweetly.
That way, I can sit glued to the computer screen for a glorious forty-five minutes, sipping my chamomile tea and honey, and ride the roller coaster of my emotions with guilt-free abandon.
Not to say that I welcome family drama in real life. Quite the opposite, actually. But there is something in me that enjoys being a passive observer of lives that I know (however real they may seem) are not real, and thus, can have all their issues in someway resolved in a neat six seasons.
So farewell, Bravermans. It has truly been a pleasure spending time with you.