In my home, we love a good tradition, particularly when it involves each member of the family and spans the generations. I find it’s always the simplest of things that provide happiness and connection, even if they can be a bit odd.
My family is not typical, as our ages, from oldest to youngest step down in lots of 12-14 years. For example, there’s 12 years between my mother and my husband. 14 years between my husband and me. 13 years between me and my stepson. There’s about that much again between my stepdaughter and son. There’s 13 years between my daughter and our youngest grandchild. All this makes for some fantastic cross-generational discussions, debates and divergent views on society and our place within it. Happy days. Just yesterday we discovered a truly funky tradition that spans four generations of the family. It involves a goofy dog and being scared witless. Stay with me on this….
Last night at dinner I asked my two teenagers, “What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever seen, either real or imagined?” Both of them instantly and unanimously replied, “the vampire episode of Scooby Doo. He was so spooky!” You can watch the episode at the end of this post.
The very first Scooby Doo cartooned aired in 1969 when I was just four years old and from then I loved every single episode. I remember very clearly the vampire episode (it scared the tripe out of me too) and also the swamp/tar monster, the weird clown and the electricity monster. I would snort with laughter at the hapless and permanently starving Shaggy and Scooby and vacillate between wanting to be just like Velma or Daphne (I also felt like this about Maryann and Ginger). I also had my very own Mystery Machine.
As young children, my teenagers were addicted to Scooby. The television seemed to be permanently tuned to the Boomerang channel. Now 13 and 14, they’ll still happily watch old episodes. They’ve seen both the movies and one of them still has a few Scooby comic books stuffed at the top of their bookcase.
So how do I get four generations? Well, I watched the show (which probably means my mother did too). My stepchildren watched the show, which, ipso facto means my husband, did. And now, our grandchildren are also Scooby addicts.
I think it’s hilarious that one little cartoon has had such an impact on our family and love that it will always be such a happy memory-maker for us all. Who knows, maybe the great-grandchildren will also grow up loving a goofy dog too…
Better still they’ve given me 4 family passes to giveaway. You can take a look at it here. Then, simply tell me about your favourite family tradition leaving a comment either on my social media network or better still, this post… THIS OFFER HAS NOW CLOSED. WINNERS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN AND WILL BE NOTIFIED SHORTLY.
Be quick though, the offer closes on 27 June with the first show kicking off in Melbourne on 9 July. The first four people to leave a quirky comment about tradition will get the tix.
Oh and as promised, here’s the totally spooky Scooby Doo vampire episode.
Until next time…