Our daughter came home (from Austin) for the weekend, and since we are fortunate to have our son living right here in San Antonio, the four of us have been together for the weekend. We celebrated Mother’s Day yesterday. Our son has a group function today that he goes to every other Sunday, and my daughter has a group hike she is at right now, thus the topsy-turvy Mother’s Day on Saturday.
I was very surprised to receive the second season of Hazel. Yes, Hazel, as in the 1960-ish television show. My husband and I have been making our way through this delightful show, and a while back I mentioned to him that I was going to go ahead and buy the second season. He told me to wait a while, just in case the end of the first season wasn’t up to par with where we currently were on our discs. Apparently, he knew our son and daughter had already purchased the second season of Hazel for one of my Mother’s Day goodies.
I have long been a fan of Shirley Booth – the actress who portrays Hazel, the housemaid of the Baxter family. I was first introduced to Shirley Booth’s acting when I saw the 1952 movie Come Back, Little Sheba. I was simply overwhelmed with how good she was. When I saw Booth in the 1958 movie called The Matchmaker, I knew she would be an actress whose work I would follow. (The Matchmaker is the original Hello, Dolly.)
Hazel is a situation comedy (sitcom) that aired in the early to mid 1960s. I had never watched the show, but while doing some internet surfing and digging a little while ago, I found it. I can’t remember how I happened upon it, but I’m glad I did. It has a “feel good” feeling about it, which is something my husband and I both enjoy. As I said before, Hazel is the maid in the Baxter household. The family is made up of Mr. Baxter/Mr. B. – Don DeFore, Mrs. Baxter/Missy – Whitney Blake [the mother of Meredith Baxter (Birney) and co-creator of another sitcom One Day at a Time], and Harold – Bobby Buntrock.
Hazel was the housemaid to Missy’s family while Missy was growing up, and she is now as close to Harold as she was to Missy. The very refreshing thing (these days!) is that Harold loves and respects Hazel, and doesn’t always have a roll of the eyes and some “clever” (in my mind what is really “smart-allecky”) retort every time a grown up talks to him. (The writing on the show is so good that they don’t have to rely on cheap gimmicks like a pain-in-the-neck kid to show humor.) The fourth member of the Baxter family is Hazel, for she is surely part of that loving family.
I started this entry as a short “Happy Mother’s Day” entry, but somehow, I got carried away with Shirley Booth and Hazel! To get back to my initial purpose: I hope you all have wonderful days!
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