Mary Ann. I’ve known her since 7th grade when we met at a sleep-over at a mutual friend’s house. We’ve been friends for decades and have so many shared experiences from high school romances and marriages, births and deaths.
One of the things Mary Ann and I have in common is a love for the sappiness of The Brady Bunch. Quite a few years ago I wanted to give her the movie A Very Brady Christmas for a gift, but it was way too expensive – over $50!! I didn’t buy it because nothing Brady is worth that much money. But because I had cable TV and she didn’t, I taped a showing of A Very Brady Christmas that aired. You heard me, I said “taped.” Video tape. Remember those? I took great care to delete the commercials and did a pretty good job.
I haven’t seen the movie since that night I taped it for Mary Ann, and she’s watched it every Christmas season since. It didn’t seem fair.
Mary Ann and I had lunch the other day and she gave me a pre-Christmas gift. That’s right, it was a DVD of A Very Brady Christmas. At first I thought she actually bought it for me, but she told me no, she’d taken the video tape I gave her and copied it onto a disc. How’s that for friendship?!
Homemade gifts are the best, and Mary Ann outdid herself with this DVD. I watched it that very evening. Husby joined me even though he doesn’t have the affinity for The Brady Bunch that I do. Actually, he has no affinity for the Bradys at all, but we both had a blast watching it! The sappiness didn’t disappoint.
Bobby quits graduate school to become a race car driver, Mrs. Brady gives Jan and her husband permission to miss Christmas breakfast for sex, Peter decides it doesn’t really matter if the love of his life makes more money than he does, and Alice takes back her husband, Sam the butcher, who left her for a younger woman whose rump roast he seasoned. Above all, Mr. Brady is saved from a collapsing building with a Christmas carol. Oh, what a fabulous mixture of drama and unadulterated absurdity!
Many thanks to Mary Ann who proved to be one of those friends who never fails.