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I know it’s Mother’s Day, and I love my mother very much and hope she has a great day. We don’t live in the same city, but I will be calling her for a chat.
Even in spite of the day, lately I’ve been thinking about my Dad. I miss the conversations he and I used to have about the stories we’d watch together. It was fun examining every detail and finally coming to state the most important themes. Stories where the characters grew into loving relationships of all kinds were our favorites.
Sometimes I wonder what Dad would think of some of the new stories being told in movies and TV today. I think he would love Ted Lasso. We could have had some lively discussions about all the characters, but I would most especially love to talk with him about Roy Kent. Roy is an irascible, curmudgeonly character who surprises the other characters and the audience by sharing some of the most loving moments in the show.
After he becomes one of the coaches of the Richmond team, Jamie Tartt’s father bursts into the locker room and spreads toxicity on everyone, but especially Jamie. Once he’s taken away by security, everyone in the locker room is stunned. What does Roy do? He walks up to Jamie and just hugs him, even though they have had their differences in the past. This demonstration is a turning point for the team.
Roy’s relationship with his young niece, Phoebe is adorable. She loves him so much even though he’s just as curmudgeonly with her as he is with everyone else. But he shows his love for her every time they are together, especially the Christmas when she’s devastated that a boy in her class gave her mouth care products because her breath was so bad. What does Roy do? He and his girlfriend, Keeley, take Phoebe to every house in the neighborhood until they find a dentist who helps Phoebe with her breath.
In the episode that aired this week, Roy showed his big heart again when the Captain of the team was thrown out of the game for going into the stands to confront a toxic “fan” who was spewing terrible epithets at him. What does Roy do? He talks with the Captain and points out that probably he wasn’t mad at the fan, but about something else. Then he takes over the press conference and does a Tedism and tells a story about something from his life that proves that we can never know what challenges the person next to us is going through. He acknowledges that, yes, what the Captain did was wrong. But “I give him love.” Because why he did it was none of his, Roy’s, business, implying it wasn’t the press’s business either.
The main thing I love about the show is that even though the main characters have their ups and downs they always come back to healthy relationships. To me, the show is mostly about the loving male relationships. Through Ted’s optimism and understanding of human emotions, he helps the team members learn to become brothers and openly express their love for each other. There are also women in the show, Rebecca, the owner of the team, and Keeley, the marketing guru. Their friendship is a great example of how lots of women support each other in real life. But more than that, all the men respect both Rebecca and Keeley as well, which is really nice to see.
I’ve noticed that there are a number of movies and TV series, where the relationships, especially among the men develop into mature and loving rather than competitive and combative. Maybe the tide is turning and we’re getting tired of seeing toxic males killing each other. I hope so because men need deep friendships and emotional support just as much as women do. I think Dad and I could have some deep and interesting conversations about the changing dynamics of human relationships being portrayed in stories today.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers in the U.S. and to my own Mom. She loves stories too, but we haven’t had a chance to discuss any of her favorites in a while since she’s been suffering some health issues. We hope she’s on the mend, though, and will be back to reading and watching her favorite stories again.
Here’s to building healthy relationships with our family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors.
Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2023
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2 thoughts on “I Know! I’m a Month Early”
Hi. We love Ted Lasso as well. Have you tried Shrinking? I believe Brett Goldstein (Roy Kent) is a co-creater. Funny and heartfelt and Harrison Ford in a very different role.
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Yes! We loved that one too. I love stories where people work out their stuff. The ending with the patient leaves a big cliffhanger!