I finally joined the this is us bandwagon. I know, I’m late. But as Jack and Rebecca Pearson know all too well, I was just a bit busy with kids, work and all the stuff that makes life what it is.
For me…it just felt like while there is so much good to say about the writing, the heart pulling music, the nostalgia of the 80’s…this is us…really just feels like its…really us. Me and my family. And I think all of us here in some odd way-as different as we are- can relate (if you dig the show).
There are just so many layers. That’s what makes this show so damn good.
You don’t have to have adopted a child or have grown up in the 80’s though (but if you did, aren’t you loving the details in the show…down to the cereal and lunch boxes?!). Every time you turn it on, you have these heart glimpses into your own family life and ultimately it brings us to the realization that no family is perfect. It is the way the show captures...emotion.
There is that family joy that brings laughter and fulfillment like no other, there are tears from the sadness that only happens within a family.
There is shock and love and loss and all that this crazy journey of life brings (with an us attached to it of course).
It’s how you just love your dad because he is kind and looks at you like no one else. But he has flaws. And you still love him.
It’s how you only want to call your sister when you feel like crap. And even if you end up saying something out of frustration to her…she’s at your doorstep with some ice cream and hugs. (I am one of 3 too and that big three chant is the sweetest thing ever)
It’s how your mom gets on your nerves. But she’s your mom. And knows you like no one else ever. And now that you’re a parent, you get it, you get her.
It’s how it hurts when you lose someone you love.
It’s what it feels like to be 36 (I definitely got sucked in when I started watching the first episode where Kate, Randall and Kevin turn 36 because I just did too).
It’s what it feels like when your parents are aging.
It’s what it feels like when your marriage feels amazing…and other times not.
It’s what it feels like when your world stops because your child has a health concern.
It’s the way your heart stings when your daughter says she hates you over a shirt you make her wear. Or hear your son cry.
Or the way it fills up when she or he hugs you because you are…their world.
It’s what it feels like to pile into bed as a family, all of you, and giggle.
It’s what it feels like when there’s tension in your family.
It’s what it is to know that these are the people that make the fabric of your life.
It is just so visceral. That is what makes it feel like…this is us…is us. I’m hooked.
Are you just as hooked? Would love to hear from you, comment below.