Any Bluey fans out there?

 

By way of background, JY and I sold our home of 38 years in California in the summer of 2023. We had been talking about selling and relocating for a few years; even went so far as to meet with a realtor in 2021. Three of our four adult children and ALL of our grandchildren live out of state (Texas and AZ). But JY’s stroke in February (since 100% recovered) sealed the deal – it was time to go.

All four of our children had been brought home to the house from the hospital and three of our granddaughters. Needless to say, saying goodbye was tough for all. In the middle of listing and showing the home, every kid had to come and stay to say goodbye.

Two weeks ago we got a teary Facetime call from Daughter and her daughter #2 (7-year-old, Scout).  It seems a new extended Bluey episode had dropped unexpectedly and it was all about selling the family manse. Bandit (Dad!) had received a job offer in another city for more money, and he thought he was doing what was right for his family.


I’ve since watched the episode (with son #2 and his teary family); there’s packing and multiple inquiries of WHY do we have to move?? from Bluey and sister Bingo. Even I got a little teary-eyed when Bluey and Bingo entered their now-empty bedroom.

Daughter and her family have lived in seven different homes (one of them our backhouse) so it was obviously our old house that was evoking the tears.


Both sobbing, they recounted the episode in detail.

Finally my son-in-law entered the screen and offered to take daughter and daughters out to lunch, I guess in an attempt to dilute the hormones and save the weekend.

Scout held onto the phone and chattered her way out to the car; on the way she proudly showed off her pet crawdaddy in a bucket of water; she had rescued him from last weekend’s boil.

“There used to be three, but that one ate the other two” she stated matter of factly.


So … not as soft-hearted as one would think. 

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  1. Bartholomew Xerxes Ogilvie, Jr. Coolidge
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    I’m not prepared to admit the degree to which I have been obsessed with Bluey lately. I maintain that it is the best show on television right now.

    “The Sign” was a terrific episode, and it really made me think. I was a lucky kid; my family moved when I was not quite 5, too young to really care, and then stayed in one place for the rest of my childhood. More than fifty years later, I can still go visit my mom and sleep in my old bedroom.

    When I was a kid, there were multiple occasions when I suffered the trauma of having a friend move away. It happened so many times that I wondered if I was cursed; I lost several best friends that way. (And in those days, when a friend moved away, it really did mean the end of the friendship. You’d promise to write letters, but that never lasted.)

    But somehow I never really thought about what it must have been like to the kids whose families were moving. If you’re a kid in that position, you’re losing not just one friend, but all of your friends, everyone and everything you know. Maybe everything you’ve ever known. And probably not for any reasons you can really understand, at least if you’re really little.

    Kids are resilient, as they say.

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  2. Chuck Coolidge
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    Longest I lived anywhere was 5 years- normal was 3.  Based on that experience, the wife and I resolved to stay in one place forever:  It just never worked. 

    Fascinating that around here I have as friends multiple multigenerational residents, several early from the early 1800’s.  Almost without exception – they don’t know how valuable that stability is.

    But – @annefy – do you know where you’re moving?

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  3. Jimmy Carter Member
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    Bartholomew Xerxes Ogilvie, Jr. (View Comment):.

    Kids are resilient, as they say.

    No They ain’t.

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  4. Annefy Coolidge
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    Chuck (View Comment):

    Longest I lived anywhere was 5 years- normal was 3. Based on that experience, the wife and I resolved to stay in one place forever: It just never worked.

    Fascinating that around here I have as friends multiple multigenerational residents, several early from the early 1800’s. Almost without exception – they don’t know how valuable that stability is.

    But – @ annefy – do you know where you’re moving?

    Yes. We have purchased a home two doors from my daughter in College Station, TX. (An employee of my SIL is renting it temporarily)

    For the moment, we’re in southern Utah while JY helps my brother with a production project. I’m spending a lot of time in AZ helping son #1 and son #3 with their toddlers and new babies. 

    We’ll probably get to TX next year sometime 

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  5. Seawriter Contributor
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    Annefy (View Comment):
    Yes. We have purchased a home two doors from my daughter in College Station, TX. (An employee of my SIL is renting it temporarily)

    Whoop!

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  6. Annefy Coolidge
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    Seawriter (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):
    Yes. We have purchased a home two doors from my daughter in College Station, TX. (An employee of my SIL is renting it temporarily)

    Whoop!

    Yes – we’re very lucky. The previous owners mentioned to my daughter’s sister-in-law (who lives across the street from daughter) that they were getting ready to list. 

    My daughter banged on their door, took a video, and we made an offer via text. Done and done 

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  7. Chuck Coolidge
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    Seawriter (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):
    Yes. We have purchased a home two doors from my daughter in College Station, TX. (An employee of my SIL is renting it temporarily)

    Whoop!

    TAMU graduate (BSEE ’69).  Two twin sisters  (distant relatives) lived there, father worked at A&M.

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  8. Annefy Coolidge
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    For some reason the pic didn’t post. This is Scout at around 2 years old at her first boil in our backyard

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  9. Seawriter Contributor
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    Chuck (View Comment):

    Seawriter (View Comment):

    Annefy (View Comment):
    Yes. We have purchased a home two doors from my daughter in College Station, TX. (An employee of my SIL is renting it temporarily)

    Whoop!

    TAMU graduate (BSEE ’69). Two twin sisters (distant relatives) lived there, father worked at A&M.

    My middle son is an A&M grad (CE).  My oldest and youngest went to UT Dallas (which is in Richardson). (I graduated from University of Michigan in ’79 – when it was still a first-rate school.)

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  10. Henry Castaigne Member
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    Annefy: “There used to be three, but that one ate the other two” she stated matter of factly.

     


    So … not as soft hearted as one would think. 

    It is good that she learns how nature isn’t what the cartoons tell her it is. 

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  11. Bishop Wash Member
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    Annefy: Two weeks ago we got a teary Facetime call from Daughter and her daughter #2 (7-year-old, Scout).  It seems a new extended Bluey episode had dropped unexpectedly and it was all about selling the family manse. Bandit (Dad!) had received a job offer in another city for more money, and he thought he was doing what was right for his family.

    You mean a Faceytime call, Faceytalk is one of my favorite episodes. Onesies is an emotional one with the fertility problems my wife and I had. It was good to see Brandy pregnant in the Sign episode.

    We had to move a number of times when I was in the military. My daughter arrived towards the end of my time and we haven’t moved since she can remember things. It would be tough to move now.

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  12. jmelvin Member
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    My family and I (which include two young girls who have watched Bluey since it was introduced here in the USA) love Bluey.  These most recent episodes, have been tear jerkers for all of us, particularly for the wife and I as we have been the adult participants of 2 major moves since early 2018.  Fortunately, one of those resulted in us returning to the same city and house from where we had moved in early 2018, but it was definitely hard on my oldest daughter.  Ours isn’t completely a college town, but one of the major universities here does bring many people into our lives including some of her earliest friends, many of which are now elsewhere, and so the fact that she came back doesn’t produce the same reward that one might imagine.

    I did appreciate that Bluey (the show) addressed the the family’s prospective move from the perspective that it took.  Moving to another city, away from the homeplace, friends, family, and support is tumultuous and should not be undertaken lightly, especially when you not only have strong roots in your current place, but particularly when you have every reason to be content where you are.  While pursuit of more can sometimes bring improvements in life, more of one thing (money, here) may cost you much more (supportive relationships, stability, and order).  Mess with these at your peril.  Life brings change, like it brought to us at the end of 2017 with the loss of a job and God’s providence in supplying a job to support my family in another place, and you must react, but God’s commandment to be content in what he has supplied has wisdom of its own, which can produce stability and balance for those around you.

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  13. Annefy Coolidge
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    jmelvin (View Comment):

    My family and I (which include two young girls who have watched Bluey since it was introduced here in the USA) love Bluey. These most recent episodes, have been tear jerkers for all of us, particularly for the wife and I as we have been the adult participants of 2 major moves since early 2018. Fortunately, one of those resulted in us returning to the same city and house from where we had moved in early 2018, but it was definitely hard on my oldest daughter. Ours isn’t completely a college town, but one of the major universities here does bring many people into our lives including some of her earliest friends, many of which are now elsewhere, and so the fact that she came back doesn’t produce the same reward that one might imagine.

    I did appreciate that Bluey (the show) addressed the the family’s prospective move from the perspective that it took. Moving to another city, away from the homeplace, friends, family, and support is tumultuous and should not be undertaken lightly, especially when you not only have strong roots in your current place, but particularly when you have every reason to be content where you are. While pursuit of more can sometimes bring improvements in life, more of one thing (money, here) may cost you much more (supportive relationships, stability, and order). Mess with these at your peril. Life brings change, like it brought to us at the end of 2017 with the loss of a job and God’s providence in supplying a job to support my family in another place, and you must react, but God’s commandment to be content in what he has supplied has wisdom of its own, which can produce stability and balance for those around you.

    Well said. Much of what you note kept us in our house for 38 years. JY had to bear the burden with a painful commute, but he bore it with grace. We loved our old house and our sweet little town (Monrovia CA)

    The fact that I don’t miss it and am happily spending time with kids and grandkids convinces me we were correct: it was time to go. 

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  14. Headedwest Coolidge
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    Annefy (View Comment):
    We’ll probably get to TX next year sometime 

    Assuming we’re still in College Station (probable, but family stuff could change it), it would be great to meet you all.

     

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