12 lessons I’ve learned from watching “I Love Lucy”
I’ve always loved Lucy.
I have fond childhood memories of watching reruns with my mother as she ironed clothes and with my grandfather who’d always wonder why like they just didn’t make shows like that anymore.
I still watch the show today on the Hallmark channel, and even though I’ve seen each episode about a million times, it never fails to make me laugh.
The other day, I got to thinking about all of the simple lessons a person can take from the show and decided to write them out in a post.
This post is a bit different from most of my others, but I felt inspired by a kooky redheaded legend (who begged me to let her be on my blog).
Lucy Lesson #1: It pays to be persistent.
We’ve all heard the classic line, “Ricky, why can’t I be in the show?” Well, after much persistence (or nagging), Lucy was in Ricky’s shows a time or two.
Lucy Lesson #2: Never jump to conclusions.
In the famous “grape stomping” episode, an Italian film executive wanted to put Lucy in “Sour Grapes”, one of his new movies. Lucy automatically assumed that it was about making wine (which it wasn’t), and she went to a vineyard to get into character. Lucy was left with purple legs and feet… and no movie career.
Lucy Lesson #3: Don’t let your imagination get the best of you.
In the pilot episode of the show, Lucy was reading a murder mystery book. As she got deeper and deeper into the story, Lucy mistakenly convinced herself that Ricky was trying to kill her and all sorts of chaos ensued as a result.
Lucy Lesson #4: It is possible to have too much of a good thing.
Remember when Lucy and Ethel worked in the chocolate factory and ended up eating all of the candy off the conveyer belt? How about the time when Lucy was in the Vitameatavegamin commercial? She drank too much of it and ended up inebriated on television. All good things in moderation.
Lucy Lesson #5: Life doesn’t always happen according to plan.
Lucy was constantly making plans for things like opening her own dress shop, starting a salad dressing business, wallpapering her bedroom, or telling Ricky that she was pregnant. And of course, none of those things went the way she had hoped. Luckily for us, it never stopped her from moving on to her next big idea.
Lucy Lesson #6: Everyone needs a trusty sidekick.
Lucy and Ethel chatted over morning coffee together, schemed together, vacationed together, and got into mischief together on a daily basis. When the Ricardos moved to the country, Lucy just couldn’t be without her best friend. Shortly after, Fred and Ethel moved into their guest house. Lucy and Ethel were like peanut butter and jelly- fabulous on their own but better together.
Lucy Lesson #7: Girls can do anything boys can do…but it wasn’t always so.
In one episode, Ricky bought a college t-shirt for their future baby. Lucy automatically knew that Ricky wanted a boy since girls didn’t go to college. In another episode called “Equal Rights”, Ricky told Lucy that she had to listen to what he said because he was the man and the boss. Thank goodness things have changed since then!
Lucy Lesson #8: There’s nothing like a little good clean fun.
Lucy, Ricky, Fred, and Ethel used to entertain themselves by singing around the piano or while driving in the car, playing cards, or by having quiet dinners together at home. They didn’t need do anything wild and crazy. They just enjoyed each other’s company and had a good old-fashioned time.
Lucy Lesson #9: It is a woman’s prerogative to change her mind.
Remember the restaurant episode where Lucy changes her order four or five different times after hearing what everyone else has chosen? Yeah well, women give birth, so we should be allowed to change our dinner orders every now and then.
Lucy Lesson #10: Being a good mother often means putting your child first.
When Lucy couldn’t get Superman to come to Little Ricky’s birthday party, she dressed up as Superman herself and even climbed out onto the ledge of their apartment building. Standing on the ledge of a tall building in Manhattan while pigeons poop all over you? That’s love.
Lucy Lesson #11: Eating too much meat can be bad for you.
Lucy bought a giant freezer to store her meat and ended up getting locked inside. If she had been a vegetarian, she could have avoided the situation altogether. 😉
Lucy Lesson #12: Love is unconditional.
Sure, she glued her best friend to a wall, got Ricky fired from his job, and constantly tried to weasel her way into show business, but Ricky loved her anyway. In fact, beneath it all, it was those crazy traits that he probably loved the most.
Do you ever watch I Love Lucy? Have you learned any lessons from it or any other television shows? I also learned how to fist pump from watching Jersey Shore. That’s a very important life lesson right there. Oh and Saved by the Bell taught me that mullets are cool and caffeine pills are bad.
Have a great day!