In The Brady Bunch's fifth and final season, all of the Brady kids were looking a little long in the tooth. As a last-minute gambit to salvage the show, eight-year-old Cousin Oliver joined the family, and oh, the hijinks and hilarity that ensued.
TV stars were people you felt comfortable inviting into your home -- they were family; you didn't have to clean up for them. They could join you for dinner, or right after dinner with the dirty dishes still stacked up.
For my birthday seven years ago, I received a diagnosis of breast cancer. For a while after my cancer, I couldn't stand the sight of birthday cake. How could something so sweet leave such a bitter taste?
I know a lot about my father. Not because he lay next to me and told me stories before I went to bed, or took long walks with me and imparted wisdom and told me how much he loved me. He didn't do those things.