Good Night John Boy

@marlina (76603)
Canada
December 5, 2015 7:07am CST
I have always loved to watch the TV series "The Waltons". And this morning I was in the mood for a shot of that wonderful feeling. I just came across this short video that brought tears down my cheeks. It must be one of those days that I feel very emotional. I wish life wasn't so modern sometimes and we would still have an "old fashioned" family life. The Waltons family so reminds me of my own when I was growing up. And I missed those days when we were all together. My parents gave us a peaceful life, there were no arguments in our household. We were 6 siblings and were brought up with respecting others and do unto others what we wanted to be done to us. Unfortunately we have lost so many members of our family and Christmas time makes it more emotional for the ones who are still here.
Cast of The Waltons say goodnight near the end of the series
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28 responses
• United States
5 Dec 15
I'm not quite old enough to have lived back in those days in the hills w/o a bathroom, but I do watch every rerun of the "The Waltons" - I think I know all the words to every episode. There will never be a show like it again. After watching the video now I'm crying.
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@marlina (76603)
• Canada
5 Dec 15
I was crying too this morning while watching it. Very emotional.
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@marlina (76603)
• Canada
5 Dec 15
My parents lived in the country with no modern bathroom, but not us. We lived in a small town with a lovely bathroom, but only one for 8 people.
• United States
5 Dec 15
@marlina When I was in 8th grade my parents bought a vacation home in Maryland. The first weekend we went there I found out it only had an outhouse. I told my parents I'd never go back until they had a bathroom put in. There was a 'room' for the bathroom but the owners never finished it. My parents hired a plumber and next trip we had indoor plumbing.
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
5 Dec 15
my family was never that peaceful. but it still was good times.
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@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
6 Dec 15
mine either as m y dad and mom fought almost every day anmd I think mymom was afraid to leave him as she had no job skills b ut he was al most as old as her own father he was in hos late fifties when they married and she was a girlof 21 not ever held a job.
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• Centralia, Missouri
6 Dec 15
@Hatley I made sure that was never me, while I would prefer being at home, I can support myself if I need too.
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@marlina (76603)
• Canada
6 Dec 15
@Hatley Sorry you did not have a very peaceful childhood.
• United States
5 Dec 15
When I was raising my four children we had a Walton type bedtime routine every night. Every one would call our from their beds and say goodnight to each other. Ahhh such fond memories
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@marlina (76603)
• Canada
5 Dec 15
Those are sweet memories to cherish and think about often.
• United Kingdom
5 Dec 15
That is so sweet, I only have one little man so won't be able to do this x
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@marlina (76603)
• Canada
5 Dec 15
@shellyjaneo Maybe more little men will come later on.
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@ria1606roy (2818)
• Kolkata, India
5 Dec 15
Haven't watched the Waltons but I will look it up. Family serials are really emotional and touching.
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@marlina (76603)
• Canada
5 Dec 15
If you ever have time, you might really enjoy the TV series.
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• Kolkata, India
5 Dec 15
@marlina yes I would love to, sometime
@JudyEv (130140)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Dec 15
We were a long way behind the eight ball when it came to being able to have TV coverage so I don't know this show at all. But certainly life was simpler when we were young.
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@marlina (76603)
• Canada
5 Dec 15
I only knew about "The Waltons" show when I came to Ontario, Canada and watched more and more TV shows in English. Prior to this, I was watching French TV only in Quebec, Canada.
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@JudyEv (130140)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Dec 15
@marlina So I guess you are fluent in both languages. I would love to become more proficient in French.
@Juliaacv (32326)
• Canada
5 Dec 15
I always enjoyed watching that series too, and enjoyed the clip. I remember seeing it more then once, but still enjoyed. The series does depict a much more simple happier lifetime. My brother, who is only a year older than I am, attended a one-room country schoolhouse much like the one in the series. They closed it the year that I would have started first grade.
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@marlina (76603)
• Canada
5 Dec 15
Both my parents used to go to a one room schoolhouse. But not us, we went to a big school run by the Catholic nuns for the girls and the boys went to a school run by the Brothers.
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@Juliaacv (32326)
• Canada
5 Dec 15
@marlina The high school that I attended was a private Catholic school, run by nuns who had an on-site convent. They had a residence for students who came from Asia to study, they closed the residence and allowed boys in a few years before I started grade 9. Today that school has almost 2,000 students, a far cry from the 400 that were there when I was a student.
@kaka135 (14067)
• Malaysia
5 Dec 15
I didn't know about the series. Thank you for sharing it. It's always good to have good bonding with our family members. I guess we just have to remember those who are not here anymore, and spend more time with those who are still around. I will watch the video you share soon, it sounds like a video I'd like to watch.
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@marlina (76603)
• Canada
5 Dec 15
You can watch some of the episodes on Youtube. I am sure you would like them.
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@kaka135 (14067)
• Malaysia
5 Dec 15
@marlina I will look out for them soon. I have watched the one you shared, it's so sweet to say good night to each other that way.
@celticeagle (119130)
• Boise, Idaho
6 Dec 15
My daughter still watches The Walton's on cable. It is a great show. They had a special on about the show and reconnecting after several years that was very good. Family values are a good thing to instill in our children.
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@marlina (76603)
• Canada
6 Dec 15
The show sure makes us dream of a simpler life.
@xstitcher (12161)
• Petaluma, California
5 Dec 15
I often wish there wasn't so much technology and stuff that took over people's lives, too. Even when I was growing up in the seventies and eighties things were so much simpler than they are now. Some years ago Mom and I got on a Waltons watching kick. :)
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@marlina (76603)
• Canada
5 Dec 15
I bet you and your Mom had a wonderful time together watching the waltons.
@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
5 Dec 15
It is hard as we grow older to watch our families dwindle on one end, even as they grow on the other. We were five kids, and we fought all the time, but we had fun growing up. I wish often that life could return to those simpler times.
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@marlina (76603)
• Canada
5 Dec 15
We were fortunate as my parents did not let us fight too long, they knew how to put and end to it pretty fast.
@BelleStarr (39591)
• United States
5 Dec 15
I always like the ending and I think that we still say it to each other. My husband will say goodnight John Boy and I will say goodnight Elizabeth.
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@marlina (76603)
• Canada
5 Dec 15
Sweet!
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@ridingbet (57740)
• Philippines
5 Dec 15
it is really sad to celebrate the birth of our Lord, when our family is incomplete. we lost our dear parents, and I surely miss them so much... everyday!
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@marlina (76603)
• Canada
5 Dec 15
I sure miss quite a few members of my family.
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@Inlemay (16730)
• South Africa
6 Dec 15
Oh I cried when i watched this, On a sunday evening, this is my Facebook status - Goodnight John Boy, and then i list my children. I wish they would re-run this fantastic series again on tv.
@petertheo (148)
• South Africa
6 Dec 15
This happens in life. My wife and I were just reminiscing about this the other day. When her mother passed away in 1999 it was the last time that the whole family came together on Christmas day. Nowadays we have to be the head of our family!
@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
6 Dec 15
hi oh I will have to listen to that tomorrow as I do not want to stay up too late today.I loved that series and it reminded me a lot of my childhood on the times when my parents were not fighting. I reall did enjoy that series so I will listen to it tomorrow. good night hugs.
• Austin, Texas
6 Dec 15
Loved The Waltons. Funny though. All I can remember about that TV series is when it went off and everybody was saying “Good night” to each other. But it did create the picture of an “ideal home” didn't it?
@just4him (123866)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Dec 15
I always enjoyed the Waltons even though I didn't watch it very much and that scene brought tears to my eyes too.
@norcal (3214)
• Nevada City, California
6 Dec 15
Were things ever really this simple? It never was for me.
• United States
6 Dec 15
I used to love to watch that show and Little House on The Prarie as well as Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. All three of those shows came on around the same time. It seems that life has just become more and more fast paced and chaotic, we need to take time to slow down and think of what is truly important.
@GreatMartin (5321)
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
6 Dec 15
I seem to have missed The Waltons and most TV shows from that time--why? I looked at my diaries--I was busy living life!! LOL