It never ceases to amaze me how we can believe that an actor/actress on a commercial is really the character he or she portrayed on a sitcom. Watching T.V. many years ago, Roseanne Barr was doing a commercial on about the importance of having dinner at the “family table.” So the commercial flashed back to her and John Goodman on a Roseanne episode sitting at the dinner table engaged in an argument which was supposed to be funny to the viewer. The point of the commercial was that it doesn’t matter what goes on at the family table as long as you have one.
As a kid, we had a family table. It was a war zone. I’m sure that many people can relate to my family table, and I am sick of calling it that, too. (What is this new term –family table- anyway?)In my house, the family table was more like the family zoo. That table produced more stress, anxiety, and tension and was the stage for more arguments and fights than one could image. That table produced more trauma and truly had an affect on me as an adult. It took some time but I started to recognize what that table was doing to me and my own family. Listen in as I tell my story of the trauma of the family table.
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