“Adoption—the end of Ozzie and Harriet families” Judith Land

American culture has changed drastically since the 1952-1966 airing of the television sitcom “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” starring the real life Nelson family. The Nelsons were depicted as an ideal all American nuclear family that epitomized American values and ideals. The show strove for realism and many of the story-lines were taken from the Nelsons’ real life. The show featured exterior shots of the Nelsons’ actual southern California home, and the popular joke about Ozzie’s career was that the only time he left the house was to go buy ice cream. Ozzie, who wrote and directed the series, attempted to change with the times, but younger viewers related the show to their parents’ passing values of a vanishing era. In the years since the show’s cancellation, the series has been continuously shown on stations in the public domain and The Disney Channel.

Positive benefits of the American family arrangement were fostered by the Ozzie and Harriet television show based on the historic interpretation of a nuclear family grouping that dates back thousands of years. Families were the most common living arrangement found in prehistoric Europe and the organizational structure remained relatively constant over the millennia. Family was referred to as a nucleus around which a household was designed, consisting of a social group with a father, a mother and their children, biological or adopted, all living in one household dwelling for the purpose of economic cooperation and reproduction. American culture and collective perspectives of acceptable social behavior evolved rapidly in the years following the cancellation of the Ozzie and Harriet show. Ricky Nelson was a popular actor, musician and singer-songwriter, but his adult life was riddled with debt, drug abuse and divorce. He died in a plane crash in Texas in 1985.

Since that time, our society has become defined by hanging chads, dependency on government programs, welfare, rampant liberalism, planned parenthood and red and blue states. The new normal includes children’s overbooked schedules, demise of the family dinner, latch-key kids, boomerang kids, blended families, unconventional families with gay parents, stepparents, adult children living with parents, individuals living alone, single parents, delayed marriages, and cohabitation. Personal and national debt, and the cost of education have soared. Religious symbols and prayer have been banned on public property. National media has become proudly bias and bombards us with a steady stream of erectile dysfunction ads, wardrobe malfunctions and violence. Abortion, marijuana, safe havens, and same sex marriage have become legalized. The secular moral codes that serve as the new basis of contemporary social and cultural values in America have become dominated by the exploitation of sex, drugs, and violence. Sexualization, pornography, girls gone wild, Victoria’s Secret, hooters, breast implants and nose jobs have become acceptable mainstream topics.

Persons of substance have values that are eternal and sustainable. They are to be respected and emulated because they are reliable and trustworthy. Their characters remind us of the endearing words to memorable songs that stay with us because they never go out of style. Based on current social trends—I wonder what the future holds? What should we be collectively striving for? And, I wonder if there will ever be role models like Ozzie and Harriet again?


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About Judith Land

Judith Land lives in Colorado and Arizona with husband and coauthor Martin Land. Judith is a former nurse, retail shop owner, college instructor and avid outdoor person. Her book "Adoption Detective: Memoir of an Adopted Child" is a true story detailing the journey of Judith Romano, foster child and adoptee, as she discovers fragments of her background, and then sets out to solve the mystery as an adult. She has reached readers in 192 countries. "Mothers and fathers everywhere in the world need to understand that children are forever and always." --Judith Land
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