11 July 2006 | mcclains13
charming picture of war's effect on those who "stand and wait"
It was titled Familien Ashton in Denmark, where I watched on Sunday nights while I was living there. It was a charming picture of war's effect on those who, as John Milton said, "also serve who only stand and wait." The native Danes appreciated it as well and kept a strict appointment on Sunday nights to tune in. At a distance of lo, these 35 years, it's difficult to remember specifics. I do, however, remember the series with a smile. Combined with WWII-related places and structures that I'd been seeing in Europe, it really brought home to this young (at that time) American the reality of war, which to that point had been rather an abstract concept to me. Similarly, in the early 1990s, there was a short-lived American TV series, Homefront, which did a very fine job of portraying America at home during World War II.