Brothers & Sisters

October 2, 2007 at 11:39 pm | Posted in TV | Leave a comment

One of the best things about Fall is that all of my favorite TV shows come back to tie up all the loose ends they left earlier in the Spring. One that I have been waiting impatiently for to return was Brothers & Sisters. I was glued to my TV Sunday night watching to see the return of the family with all of its trials and triumphs. The biggest story line I was most interested in seeing was the one following the youngest son, Justin, who was deployed to Iraq on the Season Finale back in the Spring. They pick up with the family dealing with his deployment as they endure days and weeks with no news from him. I have to say that Sally Field deserves a huge award for her portrayal of a soldier’s mother. She captured the feelings a family experiences while they watch and wait daily. I was a wreck watching this portion of the show. It brought so much back to me from my past.

There is a scene where she is on the phone with her brother and suddenly the doorbell rings. She is faced with the fact that she may not want to see who is on the other side of the door. The constant fear of the unknown is so real in her. The reality that every time the phone rings, or the news is on, or the doorbell rings it brings back that awful feeling in the pit of your stomach – that absolute fear. Fear that there is news, fear that there is no news, fear that there is no end to the constant limbo of feelings of stress and worry that accompanies loving someone in the military.

I applaud this show for actually bringing this issue to primetime. So many people know a military family who is in this same situation. Their ability to hold their families together across the miles is astounding to me. I did it with no children involved, I cannot imagine taking on that kind of responsibility. If you are not watching this show you should be, it is the story of a family loving each other and standing up for each other in the face of constant trials.

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