Sometimes my dreams seem to dictate something profound and meaningful. I actually had one the other night about being one of a small group of survivors after the world ended and looking for my CD’s to pass on the right music to re-build civilization. And then there was the “Bingo” dream that put me back on my teaching track of “How else can we do this?”
And last night’s dream? Bachelor Father. An old TV show I hadn’t thought about in 50 or so years and not even sure I watched it. But I did remember that John Forsythe was the main character. And so my duty for the morning was to think about other TV shows in the 50’s and 60’s that featured single fathers and without too much effort, I came up with:
• My Three Sons.
• The Andy Griffith Show.
Then with a little help from you-know-what, I added: My Little Margie, The Rifleman, The Beverly Hillbillies and Flipper.
In the world of Ozzie and Harriet, the Donna Reed Show, Leave It to Beaver, The Dick Van Dyke Show and countless more showing the father, mother, kids as the norm, isn’t that interesting that there were come eight shows featuring single Dads? What was that about?
Of course, it got me curious about shows from that time featuring single Moms and came up with— well, nothing! In the real world outside the TV studios, I imagine there were a lot more single Moms than Dads, but on TV it somehow was a taboo subject. Looks the first was One Day at a Time in 1970 and then in the 80’s, Alice. Isn’t that interesting?
As to what it all means, who knows? I suspect the dream voices were just teasing me, or giving me a break from the end-of-the-world scenario. But I have to say it makes me curious about seeing a few episodes of Bachelor Father. Anyone know where to find it?