When I posted that I was watching Swiss Family Robinson (1960), I received the largest response yet about it. Evidently, if you love Swiss Fam, you aren’t the only one. Swiss Fam is beloved because Swiss Fam is a comfort-watch. When a family sailing for New Guinea becomes shipwrecked on a tropical island, they make the most of a treehouse lifestyle, and despite pirates and isolation they find that the island is all they need.
This was not a first watch, but a revisit. I remember watching as a girl, dreaming of all the ways I could be happy in a tree house with a door that opened above my bed so I could see the stars. When I watched it this time it was the running water that had me impressed. I could probably only be happy in a tree house if I could shower in it.
Let me tell you a little about my treehouse. A newer four-bedroom in a clean, quiet neighborhood nestled in the Central Valley. I love my house. I picked the colors on the walls, the stonework on my porch, and the drawer pulls. It’s my dream home and my family is happy in it. I have lived in the Central Valley my whole life. It is a nice enough place to live, the kind of place where people choose to stay but truthfully, you don’t often hear folks say they wholeheartedly love it either. In California, this is where my family can afford to live without being cash-poor, and it is home. It is also hot for 6-7 months out of the year. My husband and I dream of moving away to a place where the weather is nicer. Somewhere nearer the ocean, somewhere with a little more progress. Right now, frankly we’re priced out (have you looked at what homes are selling for right now? omg.) and can’t imagine leaving our families. This summer, (in the 100 degree heat) we have really practiced being thankful for everything we have. We have taken on some small projects around the house and have focused on cozying up our treehouse. Anyway, all of that is to say, I smiled when the Swiss Fam father spoke these words:
“Don’t you sometimes feel that this is the kind of life we were meant to live on this earth? Everything we need, everything, right here, right at our fingertips. You know, if only people could have all this and be satisfied, I don’t think there’d be any real problems in the world.”
Now. I’m not saying the Central Valley is my dream, but I have everything I need and most of what I want, and gratitude is a big old deal. It’s a shortcut to happiness, and you have to actually practice it. Talk about what you have, what you love, what you’re thankful for. I like to hustle, and I like to lay on my couch and watch Disney movies too. What do you love?