Kids Motherhood

Saying Goodbye To Florence Henderson, My Favorite TV Mom

Written by Ranae Aspen

I am an 80’s kid and one of the Latch Key kids, well, not exactly. I lived in the country and we locked nothing up, but I did have the TV after school to occupy my time after the chores were done. My favorite, the Brady Bunch. Who doesn’t love a good family show? Honestly, reflecting back, it was cutting edge with the definition of family and transitioning into non-traditional ideas of what a family is.

We never really knew why Mr. Brady was raising three boys on his own, or why Mrs. Brady was raising three very pretty girls. We just knew they came together and had a lot of fun and learning moments. “Mom always said, don’t play ball in the house.” What a concept that the mom had help, loved Alice too, I imagine they are in heaven plotting the family meal as I type this. With Christmas around the corner, I will always remember the Christmas miracle that Carol got her voice back just in time to save the day at the church service.

Florence Henderson was the role model of moms, honestly, she was so amazing, you had to be reminded that she was not the biological mom to the boys. This whole sitcom could truly be a training guide for how to blend families without causing damage. Yes, they made it look flawlessly perfect, but this is what the American family should strive for. Even after the show was done, Florence kept up with her TV kids. As a matter of fact, when Maureen McCormick was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, Florence was there to cheer her on.

When you read Florence Henderson’s bio, you learn that she was not just the model mom, she had a cooking show, a variety show and she completed on Dancing With the Stars in 2010. I think one could write a book on the virtues of Florence Henderson.

If we could all just watch one episode of the Brady Bunch and set goals on how to improve our parenthood, what happy kids we would all have. Rest in peace, Florence and your memory for me will always remind me to love unconditionally and utilize those God given talents that we have all been given. 

About the author

Ranae Aspen

Ranae Aspen graduated from UNL/UNO with her BS in Consumer Science and Education in 1991and with her Masters of Applied Science in Ag Leadership and Community Nutrition from UNL in December of 2012. Ranae has enjoyed careers in the Health Food industry and in the field of Human Services assisting low-income families with self-sufficiency and nutrition.
She and her husband Dan have two children, Daniel, 15 and Leslie 13. Ranae and family live on a small acreage and they are establishing a fruit orchard, they garden. They share their acreage with their dog Sampson, numerous cats and chickens. Life is busy and Ranae’s passion for sustainable agriculture and nutrition is evident with her blog, Eating Healthy in a Tough Economy, h and in her daily life. Julia Child once said, “Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” This describes Ranae, her passion runs deep and she loves to share it with the community.