Stuck in the Middle with…Who?
By Tobi Schwartz-Cassell
I was at a convention last week, and as it was nearing the end, I heard a guy tell the people he was with, “I’m tired. I’m going home to watch Lawrence Welk.” I giggled at such a sarcastic comment, looked at him to share the moment, and saw that he was serious.
Still thinking it was funny, I repeated the story to a 30-something I was there with, and his reaction was, “Who’s Lawrence Welk?”
So I’m too young to want to watch “The Lawrence Welk Show,” yet old enough to have actually watched it.
Back when I was a kid, the whole family watched TV together. And because I had no choice in the matter…sigh…I was stuck watching Lawrence Welk. I won’t say I enjoyed it because I didn’t. But I did perk up when The Lennon Sisters came on to sing. Though they were older than I, they were girls…I was a girl…I think you can connect the dots. And, that’s pretty much all I remember of “The Lawrence Welk Show.”
There’s a show on TV now called “The Middle.” It’s going into its seventh season on ABC-TV. It’s about a middle class family in middle-America. At some point in time, each of the three kids have been or are now in middle school. And the parents are middle-aged.
And that’s where I am. Stuck in the middle. Old enough to know that Paul McCartney was in a band before Wings, yet young enough (with help from above) to have many good years ahead of me.
What TV shows were you stuck watching with your parents? Please post them below!
July 9, 2015 @ 8:40 am
Being a young gal of 50 years old, I seem to remember some horrible nights watching Channel 12 documentaries about war….or on the weekend would be a show about planting/farming. There are many shows I enjoy on Channel 12 today, but not any having to do with war or the pernicious dubular stenoflap plant ( ok, I made that up)…hahahah. I guess I was lucky to have some good shows in the mix to make up for it, like Gunsmoke and Bonanza, Laugh In, The Merv Griffin Show, etc…that my parents watched. The fact that all of us got a chance to sit together I can appreciate today, and of course the popcorn was always great…yes, even the JiffyPop! 🙂
July 9, 2015 @ 11:25 am
What a fun (and true!) comment, Susan! Thanks so much for sharing.