I didn’t want to watch Gilmore Girls. Had no desire whatsoever. After all, with ‘girls’ in the title, how could it be anything but girly. I don’t like girly and sappy. I make fun of my mother for watching Lifetime movies. Such things are to be avoided at all costs. But . . . K wore me down. She likes for me to watch shows with her. And, as a good mother, shouldn’t I want to share such experiences with her? Be aware of what she is watching? Take the opportunities as they present themselves to share my worldly wisdom? So I caved. I told her I watch a couple of episodes. A couple. And I wouldn’t like it. So I did.
My inner girl betrayed me. I fell in love. I totally want to live in Stars Hollow and eat at Luke’s Diner and watch one of Miss Patty’s performances and shop at Doose’s market and visit the Independence Inn and eat one of Sookie’s meals and . . . you get the point. I was completely hooked. It’s clean. It’s fairly innocent. Not to mention there are some really good life lessons that I’m glad my kid is seeing.
Let’s get to it: 5 Life Lessons from Gilmore Girls also known as 5 Reasons I’m Really Glad my Kid Bugged Me Until I Started Watching Gilmore Girls with Her So I Can Point Out These Life Lessons.
- Independent Women
Lorelai and Rory are independent women. So are Sookie and Miss Patty. And Emily has a backbone to her. They portray women who can make it on their own, who can take care of themselves. They support each other, no cattiness or rivalry. They can raise a child, run a business, go to school, and put on a shindig all on their own. Oh, they like men. Men are good to have around. They clean gutters and fix things and they’re so fun to fall in love with. But life doesn’t end if there’s not a man around.
- Sense of Community
This is a town where people know each other and take care of each other. Not just to gossip, though they are very good at that, but to look out for and support each other. Look at the town meetings where they gather to make decisions (or talk about running Jess out on a rail). There’s the festivals and basket auction and book sale. If someone’s gnome is stolen, everyone looks for it. If Rory’s heart is broken, everyone wants to fix the guy who did it. It’s an extended family that not everyone has.
- Acceptance of Others
There is some definite quirkiness in this town. And that’s okay. There may be some eye-rolling and complaining on the sidelines, but in the end, everyone supports and accepts one another. If you feel the need to have a wake and funeral for your cat, the whole town comes. You may be an angry, protective, Korean mom, but we’ll still patronize your antique store. You’re a grumpy, stick-in-the-mud who refuses to decorate for any holidays. We don’t like it, but we accept you and eat at your diner. Oh, and don’t forget the chain-smoking, man-loving, woman-of-the-world. We’ll trust her to teach dance to all of our young girls. We may not agree, and we may not like it, but we will accept you for who you are.
- Reading is Cool
Rory carries 4 or 5 books with her each day and always has a book in her bag. It’s not a secret, it’s part of her character. Those around her know how much Rory loves books. And we’re not talking romance novels. Literature. Classics. Books I haven’t read but know I probably should. Books I aspire to be able to read. There’s an episode where the school staff discourages Rory from reading during lunch, wanting her to socialize more instead. Long story short, Rory ends up being able to read during her lunch, and even notices others who like to do the same. Even bad-boy Jess loves to read, but his character keeps it more on the down low. That’s one of the things they find they have in common and like to share with each other. Girls with books—it’s a good thing.
- Movie, Music, and Novel To-Do List
The Internet is filled with them: movies Lorelai references lists, music Lane likes lists, books Rory read lists. And again, it’s not just pop culture references. The lists range from An Affair to Remember to Batman, The Allman Brothers to 50 cent, and A Comedy of Errors to The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. I like exposing my kid to a wide variety of media, even if I personally don’t have such knowledge. Thanks, Gilmore girls and friends.
So, there it is. Five reasons I’m glad my kid bugged me until I caved in and actually watched a couple of episodes of Gilmore Girls with her. Now I’m hooked. In case my references above give it away, I’m midway through season 2. I’ve seen a few spoilers, and I hear I’m destined to be disappointed by the last season. But on the bright side, as a late-comer I’ll have less time to wait to see the reunion shows! If you haven’t watched it, fire up the Netflix and view Gilmore Girls. If you watched them all, go back and enjoy them again. And again.