Time Travel Tuesday is a fabulous idea I got from Points of Claire-ification. Thanks, Claire!
Full House. Pretty much everyone over the age of 21 has seen this show, and probably watched it regularly. The Tanners, while faced with the challenge of not having a mother, were the family everyone aspired to be. Understanding neat freak dad, cool uncle whose wife could be your best friend, cartoon-y funny guy family friend who always had everyone's back and siblings who always hugged by the end of the show. It created a perfect family ideal that I was envious of as a child.
My childhood was, let's say, tumultuous. My parents split up when I was young, I moved around a lot, I was a victim of abuse, I was exposed to alcoholism...it wasn't the picture-perfect childhood. Full House was an escape into a better family dynamic for me. That was the kind of family I dreamed of having; no one ever hit the kids when they did something bad, they were never told they couldn't have something because there wasn't enough money, and even the worst of their problems was fixed with love and affection. The girls in Full House had an amazing family and friend support system, and when I watched Full House, I did too.
DJ was the daughter I identified most with. We were both the oldest child in our family. We both dealt with serious social awkwardness when it came to boys, fashion and weight. She wasn't fat, but she thought she was, and everyone around her made her feel that way. I wasn't fat, but I sure as heck felt fat until I was out of high school. DJ had the most boyfriends in spite of the fact that she was nervous about interacting with boys, and she found love with freaking Aladdin! Candace Cameron Bure grew up to be a beautiful woman who is solid in her Christian beliefs, which takes strength of character in the times we live in. And, come on, ALADDIN!
PS: Youtube wouldn't let me embed any videos of Full House, so that is why there isn't tons of Full House video awesomeness in this post. Sorry!