Bees and Bliss

I found my bliss. Ollie Hofnoodle’s Haven of Bliss that is.  If you have seen A Christmas Story by Jean Shepard this is another film written by him that is very funny. What I love about it is that is epitomizes an era in American life of the middle class family. This is about Ralphie and his family when he is a teenager looking for his first job. His father still has his nose to the grindstone and wants nothing more than to get away for his annual 2 week summer vacation at a resort on Clear Lake. There are hilarious parts about Ralph’s first job, how the family dog “Fuzzhead” runs away, and the “epic car trip” on the way to the lake. Their family car is loaded up to the roof with all the comforts of home they want to bring to the vacation cabin. This was when a family typically had one family car. Shepard describes the mother’s lot in life, quite accurately I thought, when he says she never got to taste her food warm because she was constantly waiting on the rest of the family during mealtime.

There is one scene where the family is on the road and they recall how when then got to a certain place there was this bee that would come into the car and harass them. They wonder if the bee could still be there. The father says that’s ridiculous. Well, you guessed it, the bee shows up and the next scene is the whole family running down the road.

9 thoughts on “Bees and Bliss

    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      You are welcome. 🙂 There is another follow up to A Christmas Story which is My Summer Story. I have not seen that one but this one is when Ralph is older and was originally made for TV for PBS by Disney.

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  1. NotAPunkRocker

    Is that the one where the cabins at the lake are named for the Dionne Quintuplets, and the bratty little brother throws his sandwich into the road? If so, we had that movie on VHS and watched it over and over. I haven’t thought about it in forever!

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      Yes that was where the little brother throws his sandwich in the road. 🙂 And I forgot about the names of the cabins but that is possible. I had not thought about this movie until someone brought up A Christmas Story and that got me thinking about it again. I ordered myself a copy of the movie on DVD. I noticed today it is on You Tube as well. 🙂

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      It is hard to find. I thought I found it online in DVD and then that fell through. It is on You Tube with a few scenes a little fuzzy but at least you can view it. Apparently it was only released in VHS format and someone converted it to DVD but the quality may not be good. It is a shame because it is funny. If I even find a copy I am going to buy it for myself. 🙂

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      1. Kat

        I told my husband about it and he really wants to find it. 🙂 I knew he would. Maybe we can find a VHS tape. (All of my kids refuse to let go of their VHS collections so we have more VCR’s than DVD players.)

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