“The most enjoying traditions of the season are best enjoyed in the warm embrace of kith and kin.” – Clark Griswold
Every year I enjoy decorating the tree while drinking some eggnog and watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Actually, I could watch it more than once a season, but I usually won’t put my Wife through it. My Wife claims she doesn’t like the movie, but I think she is faking (just like she does with Family Guy). I look forward to watching it with my girls when they are older.
Even before kids I enjoyed watching the movie, so recently I pondered why I am fond of this cinematic masterpiece. As entertaining as it would be for this post I would love to say my family is as crazy as the one portrayed in the movie, but that isn’t the case. What I really enjoy is watching Clark Griswold. If you watch the movie a few times you begin to get a sense for what a good dad and husband Clark is. I can relate to Clark because sometimes as hard as you try things just don’t work out like you plan, but in the end everything works out better than you had hoped.
Sure he is a little crazy, but all his actions have a single meaning behind him – he wants to make his family happy. Whether it be the house lights which require the use of nuclear power, the squirrel in the tree, buying a pool, or having everyone over for the holidays it is all about his loved ones. In the end Clark just wants a happy family and a memorable Christmas.
“It’s people who make a difference… little people, like yourselves.” – Frank Shirley (Clark’s Boss)
The world might be a better place if we all tried to be a little more like Clark.