My uncle asked me the other day (after I told him about my blog) a very simple question: What about "Lucy" (the show and the person) made such a strong impression on you as a child? What do you continue to love about her? There were several more questions, but I thought it might be interesting for some of you to read my response if you feel so inclined. Seeing that this is a blog of "all things Lucy", I would like to share a little more about what it means to me, other than the obvious I Love Lucy!
"Surprisingly enough, this is not the first time I have been asked this [why do you love Lucy?]. And honestly, I don't entirely know what about "Lucy" (both the person and the show) was that hooked me. At the onset, I think it was because I thought the show was funny. As an 8 year old, I'm pretty sure that would have been the first thing that attracted me to it. But as I continued to watch it, I started liking the people, especially Lucy. There was something magnetic about her, I just couldn't take my eyes off her every move. I didn't think of the actors as actors for several years, they really were their characters to me. I liked how ridiculous Lucy was, yet always so earnest. She was never untrue, and everything she did had a reason behind it. I loved (and still do) how she really just didn't care if her plan didn't work, but she had to try it anyway, and also how Ethel always helped her. I loved their friendship.
As I got older and started studying acting and performance (as well as read a ton of books on the show and the actors), my love for Lucy and the show increased tenfold. I admired her commitment to her character and all the other characters. In improvisational acting (which happened on the show because it was live and they rarely did second takes), the #1 rule is to "just say yes" to keep things going. And Lucy is a master at that. I LOVE that about her as an adult. I was right as a child to not think of the people as actors, but as their characters. That, I ultimately learned, is a brilliant actor, and I have a huge appreciation for that now, as I also did as a child. Also, I have realized as an adult that Lucy is an incredibly strong female role model, and an overall powerful woman. Even as a 1950s housewife, she was independent enough to get the best of Ricky, and in general stand up for herself, and I greatly admire that quality. That is one of the reasons I've done several reports on her throughout my academic career.
I have kept loving Lucy first and foremost because it is funny, and even though obviously outdated in many ways, still holds true today. And also, I saw my first episode shortly before my parents divorced. Therefore, it became a very grounding experience to watch "I Love Lucy". It was (and still is to this day) like wrapping myself in a warm familiar blanket. I watch it for enjoyment, education, laughter, but also comfort.
My appreciation for her has definitely changed over time, but the fundamental reasons I love her remain the same, and are still difficult to put into words even after a college education. She's funny, bold, sexy, powerful, and timeless."