What makes a great family?

My husband and I are knee-deep in Netflix’s production of “The Crown.” What a terrific ride through history and a ‘fly on the wall’ perspective of the inner-workings of the royal family; especially Queen Elizabeth.

Without giving anything away, let me just say I had no idea of the extent of the torment, sadness and bad behavior percolating in the bloodline. Watching the Queen put out fire after fire over the decades has given me a whole new appreciation for this matriarch and has also begged the question: what makes a great family?

My conclusion is this:

Great families are far from perfect. They just “get on with it” as the queen herself is fond of saying.

Great families have at least one member whose overriding goal is the preservation and continuation of the family unit, a person who sands and glues (reprimands, forgives & restores) as necessary to bind cracks and fissures as they arise.

Great families, while willing to re-shape the edges of their “castle” to accommodate unexpected, or inconvenient, truths will not however accept holes in their protective walls that may endanger others.

Great families have ‘leaders’ who are good listeners and have valued counselors for guidance.

Queen Elizabeth is one of those leaders for her family.

‘The Crown’ is not just a lesson in history, it is a tutorial on how to preserve, protect and love your great family.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. I have yet to see “the Crown” but hope to indulge very soon. It is nearing the very busy season of Christmas – as different as it may be this year. I like to make cookies and treats for family members and do a bit of crafting for home-made gifts. Christmas, for me, is all about family and your post makes me remember once again how important family is to me. My siblings and my children are my major source of support and love. I know some families are not close, for one reason or another. I find that so sad. Our families are not perfect by a long shot, but we know we can count on them. I don’t know how we could have gotten through so many challenges and issues without them, and this pandemic has made it crystal clear just how import family is.

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    1. Cindy says:

      Family is everything..I couldn’t agree more. You will LOVE The Crown..Of course there are so many scandalous tid bits sprinkled through out, but for me the overriding theme has been the “care and keeping” of a family.

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      1. I actually watched two segments of the first season. It looks good. Yes, family is everything!

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  2. beth says:

    i need to binge this, i’ll bet it’s fascinating

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    1. Cindy says:

      This is truly an incredible production. The scenery and the sets are absolutely incredible..as is the story..as is the queen.

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