Posted by Walter
After a long, relaxing weekend, our family was looking for a
holiday pick-me-up to rescue us before massive boredom set
in. After dinner and dessert, I had a fatherly stroke of
genius: "How about we watch some old family videos for an
hour?" My wife said that is sounded great, but an hour would
be too long because everybody needed to go to bed early for a long
week ahead. I smiled inside. An hour would never be long
enough! So I corralled the crew into the family room, while my
wife pulled out a random selection of homemade family videos.
The video camera is still burning hot from running nearly two
hours of various random family videos. Sounds like a segment
on iCarly, doesn't it? "Random Family Videos." We started out with
scenes of our oldest daughter and son. Opening Christmas
presents, watching our then puppy, Jet the dog, chew his giant new
rawhide bone. There were moments of near misses like when my
oldest nearly ran over her little brother with her new roller
coaster while dad swooped in and pulled him from certain
A few tears were shed as we watched our twins just days old
hooked up to all kinds of wires in the NICU struggling to gain
stable vital signs and some needed weight. That was just a
shade over five years ago. Next came the gut busters when my
now 11-year-old son convinced his best friend to take his shirt off
and go swimming in the pretend pool in our basement. My
daughter and her friend held the video camera with the steadiness
of a drunken sailor. Or the time when the same son, dressed
like a Dalmatian, acted like his sister's pet jumping and
barking. Our younger son always seemed to negotiate his way in
the middle of the fray with hardly a scratch. The random video
productions of "Everything is Gonna Be All Right" and "Welcome to
Mushyland" (subject of a potential New Year's blog), included all
my children and were just a few of the family favorites.
My wife and I were portrayed in many quite flattering ways (yah
right) and often were found to be referees without
whistles. Although some memories are better left erased, it
was great to see our own family version of the George
Bailey-inspired "It's a Wonderful Life."
Remember to pass the ice cream when eating your pie and pull out
some of those old home videos every now and then. It's well
worth the price of admission.
What are some of your funniest Random Family Video
memories? Please share. I'm sure we could all use a good
laugh from our post-turkey stuffed blues!
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