OP-ED // The Importance of Gilmore Girls

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My mom didn’t watch TV when we were growing up. She’s never really been into the entertainment industry at all. She doesn’t know anything about celebrities or award shows and she never has. I’m not sure how I ended up obsessed with TV but I’m pretty sure part of it was that my mom worked and we were left home alone a lot, forced to entertain ourselves. So we watched TV. It was just the three of us most of the time and it felt like an unusual case growing up. Most of my friends lived with both of their parents while our house had been “Girls Only” for years. No one seemed to understand the bond between single parents and their children.

Then Gilmore Girls came around and things changed. One: my mom actually watched TV with us. Two: there was finally a show that seemed to depict the closest thing I’d seen to my life on the small screen. The bond between Lorelei and Rory wasn’t something foreign, it was how our house felt. A little kooky, a little unorganized but a lot of fun and love. As someone who had a great relationship with my mother I could relate. But the beauty of the show was that anyone in any familial situation could relate. Lorelei didn’t have a great relationship with her parents, who were also in some ways just doing the best they could. There’s no shortage of love on Gilmore Girls so everyone just tries to do the best they can in less than perfect situations. And isn’t that just life?

My parents aren’t perfect. My sisters aren’t perfect. I’m not perfect. But we’re all just trying our best to figure it out with the experiences we’ve had. Gilmore Girls gives insight into all sides of family expectation giving us the empathy we need to realize the struggles of parents and children alike. That’s the importance of Gilmore Girls. So in the very best of ways, we’ve all been “Gilmored”!.

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Heather
Heather is a recent West Coast transplant and can't remember what humidity feels like. She spends most of her time (& money) watching movies, marathoning TV shows on DVD, attending concerts, reading, eating vegetables, attending conventions (San Diego Comic-Con, New York Comic Con, Dragon*Con so far!), blogging about her quarter-life crisis, downing coffee and traveling the world. She likes comic books, photography, reading on the Metro bus and wearing cold weather clothes despite the actual temperature in Southern California.
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