Over the last four weeks, I have spent time with both my mother’s side of the family and my mother-in-law’s side of the family. The reasons for the gatherings were quite different. For my mom’s side, we gathered for a family reunion at the end of June, which was a first, as far as I can recall. We spent four days and nights at a resort in Virginia, with the bulk of the time spent poolside, as the daily temperature was over 100. With a very relaxed schedule, we were pleased to lounge under umbrellas or float in the pool and catch up on the years since we had last seen each other.
Last week, my husband and I traveled to Maryland for his grandmother’s funeral. With an afternoon and evening of calling hours and a morning funeral and lunch, we spent multiple hours with many family members. Although there were tears at the loss, there were numerous stories that brought laughter and smiles.
While one event was a planned, happy occasion and the other was an unscheduled, somber event, they both provided us with time with family. In the hours and days that we were together, there were old memories shared and new memories created. At both occasions, we left our smartphones, laptops, and other electronic devices aside and truly connected with our family. There was no drama; there were no grand revelations; each was simply a time to be reacquainted.
As I reflected on the relationships that were strengthened, I wondered what it is that people enjoy in reality tv shows. Neither of our family gatherings would have made for exciting television. However, I’d assume that’s true for the majority of people, and maybe that’s why reality shows are so popular. The events and people in these shows are so unlike us.
So, even though I may not enjoy reality shows (never mind a major portion of the other shows out there), I know that many people do. Thus, we write about those topics on our television publication, Couch Tuber, which is something that I like about Wasabi Media Group. I truly feel that we offer a little bit of something for everyone.