|Image from Dover Publications|
Claire seems to so easily balance a very successful job, parenting 5 kids, running a household, and dealing with a lovable but patience trying husband. All while looking fierce by the fashion standards of her time. I know Claire is a fictional character and all, but, I really strive to be more like her.
As a mother, Claire is patient with her children, but also a stern disciplinarian. Her children are taught morals and values, but always with a calm, gentle voice. She and Cliff rarely fought or disagreed on parenting standards. The children respected her, but also felt a close bond with her, and could come to her with their problems.
As a wife, Claire contributed to the household not only as a breadwinner, but also displaying her domesticity. She was often found cleaning the house, doing the bills, and supporting her husband. She knows how to take care of Cliff when he is sick, and is able to gently show him the occasional error of his ways.
As a woman, Claire respected her body, had fantastic fashion sense, and was a strong independent woman. She took time for herself as a person, aside from her other roles within the family structure.
In short, Claire was pretty much perfect. How can I ever try to attain that?
Well, for starters, I have my very own version of Cliff in my beloved Hubby. He is proud of my achievements, and supports my ambitions. He knows the perfect blend of seriousness and silliness to make each day bearable. He shares household responsibilities with me without ever complaining. He loves me with undying fervor and devotion, and is not afraid to romance me.
So, it would seem that with such a foundation, I can easily be like Claire. And if I ever have kids, I do hope to channel a lot of her motherly skills. An episode I watched today included her having a talk with a sad 5 year old Rudy, explaining that while 5 can be tough, it had it benefits too. At the end, Rudy cheers not only for her self and her 5ness, but for her awesome Mommy as well. Someday, I want my kids to cheer for me the same way.
So, while we may not be the Huxtables, and have their level of perfection...
we are the Harkleroads, and at being that, we are perfect in our own right.