- Family and Parenting
Twitching, not twerking
Itching for Twitching
It's been 50 years this week since the first episode of Bewitched aired. I was -3 at the time, but as soon as I came into this world and my eyes were able to focus, Bewitched was a part of my life. One reason is that the Stevens family was a lot like all the families I knew. There were crazy uncles, ditzy aunts, evil cousins and nosy neighbors. The one thing we were lacking was magic.
I figured we could have that, too, if only I could master the nose twitch. My friends and I practiced endless hours to make it happen. Of course, it didn't. In the process, I learned that I could burp on que, one friend could make gastric noises with her hand and armpit, and the other could flip her eyelids inside out. Sadly, none of those brought us any magic.
After all those years of trying, I ran across a trending article this week that explained, Samantha's nose had never twitched at all. It was actually all in the mouth wriggle that made the nose appear to move. I've been trying it all week and still can't master it. I bought anti-aging cream last night just in case I'm creating new wrinkles by trying.
Even though I never learned to twitch my nose, I think I'm better for trying. Why?
1. I had hope and childlike faith. My family watched shows like Bewitched instead of The Batchelor or Honey BooBoo. Those way-back-when simpler shows instilled in me the importance of family, righting wrongs, and forgiving.
2. Samantha may have changed the world by twitching her nose, even if we didn't notice it much at the time. The show depicted a mixed couple - a mortal and a witch - living together in harmony, not perfect harmony, but harmony nonetheless. The show opened families up to the idea of diversity at a time when America, especially the South, needed it most.
3. TV back then made nose twitching popular with my generation. My daughter's generation is riddled with twerking. For that, I'm very saddened.
My twitch wish
If I could twitch my nose right now and make magic happen, my wish would be that today's children could also experience the innocence of my generation. Their music would not be riddled with sexual innuendo and prime time network TV wouldn't feature so much gore or explicit situations.
Maybe I'll keep working on that nose twitch after all.