This is Us

We are in the middle of summer and enjoying disconnecting a little after months of coping with the threat of COVID-19 and the intensity of feelings surrounding the virus.

No doubt, during quarantine, you have been watching family sit-coms or films suitable for everyone, but finding it harder each day to source new dramas to watch together as a family.

One particular series I can highly recommend, but which may be difficult for children to understand, is one that focuses on the lives of members of the Pearson family.

I do not know of anyone who hasn’t enjoyed This is Us. It is not easy to talk about this gripping drama without giving too much away. Everything revolves around a strong and solid marriage with three children, and how they deal with the day-to-day issues that threaten to destabilize both the couple and the family.

Of course, they make mistakes along the way – coping with misfortune, addiction, illness, loss or unresolved problems from childhood or adolescence – but it’s the portrayal of the contrasting emotions of life, of love, that make it such compelling viewing.

If you’ve seen it, we would love to hear your comments. Who is your favourite character? It is impossible not to be moved by the charm of Jack, the dedication of Rebecca, the sweetness of Kate, the intelligence of Randall, the kindness of Kevin… Although if there is someone who has brought tears to my eyes it is Dr. Nathan Katowski with his words:

You took the sourest lemon that life has to offer and turned it into something resembling lemonade.”

Any other suggestions of suitable series or films to watch as a family are welcome.
This summer, we may venture out less and need to be more cautious, but we will enjoy ourselves nonetheless!

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