Oh Rhoda, My Love
I often go through phases of wanting to love something as much as my parents did when they were around my age. It's like I want to share the feeling of nostalgia for something others are feeling nostalgic for. I think one would find a retro aesthetic heavily present among my design work to further this constant pull to the past. At some point I hope to stop wishing I was born in the 50's so I could remember the 60's and 70's, and just appreciate the present, but for now, it's simply how I feel.
As such, I've tried watching a few older shows from a couple generations before me, but I usually quickly lose interest. They would be charming and I'd chuckle a time or two; it was fun to see older fashion styles, technology etc., but when it came down to it, the comedy was slightly dated and I just couldn't relate. As much as I wished to, I wasn't going to start binge watching Happy Days.
But then came Rhoda. Oh Rhoda, my love. There was something about this show that just clicked! I couldn't stop watching sassy Rhoda be a boss at being a lady. I started thinking about why it was so relatable to me and then I realized it wasn't dated at all, it was really quite current. Rhoda was before her time when this show was originally broadcast. She was kicking misogyny and female stereotypes in the bell bottomed pants.
Rhoda portrayed much more on screen than just her rad fashion sense (although her style should not be overlooked). She would stand up for herself to men using humour and she could make fun of herself. Never taking herself too seriously but at the same time she could put her foot down hard when her morals weren't lining up.
Actress Valerie Harper played Rhoda, a strong female character who knew WHO she was even though she didn't always know WHAT she wanted to do. She made it totally okay and almost appealing to be searching for one's own path and to constantly try new things no matter what time of one's life they are in. Relatable then and definitely relatable now.
So check it out from the library or Amazon it up. If you want to watch my girl Rhoda in chronological order you can start watching her in her earlier days on the Mary Tyler Moore Show. Rhoda was a spin off... I am not surprised they gave this quirky, feisty and loveable character her own show.
"Allow me to introduce myself: I'm another person in the room."
*Image from Hello Giggles