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.