In 1972, our country was perhaps more deeply divided than it had ever been. Vietnam, civil rights, violence…these were all issues that were threatening to split us apart. Christmas of that year saw the release of a TV movie, “The Homecoming,” that served as a pilot for one of the most beloved, series of the 1970s, “The Waltons” (some of the original cast pictured above).
I remember it being on TV, but I don’t remember watching it much as a small boy. However, about 16 years ago, my life was at a crossroads. We had just ended a miserable run on the radio in Birmingham and had not yet been hired here in Charlotte. I put on a brave face, but I was scared and stressed to the max. It was the week before Christmas and I couldn’t sleep. So, I got up and cut on the TV in the living room. I don’t remember why I stopped on the channel, it was playing a commercial at the time. However, once the ad ended, I discovered I was on “The Waltons.” There was something about the simplicity and purity of the characters and their 1930s values that somehow struck a nerve in me. As insomnia had become a part of my life at the time, “The Waltons” and I became a daily thing for a while. It reset my soul, I truly believe that.
Well, it’s 2021, and once again our country is in a deep divide. The CW on Sunday night aired their remake of “The Waltons’ Homecoming.” I missed it (didn’t know it was on), but I made time to watch it on demand this morning as I was working on today’s show. I invite you to do the same. I believe if you do, it just might reset your soul a little bit and put things in the right perspective heading into the Christmas season.