Classic TV, B&GH, and the Definition of Family

I have been walking around all day singing the theme song from a TV Show from my childhood. Let’s see if you can fill in the blanks:

“They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysterious and spooky, they’re altogether ooky, the ______________  __________________.”

Ok, here’s a hint:

Addams Family


That was one unique family; the characters were as different as could be; they each had a unique role; and they were welcoming to anyone who came through their doors.  Hey wait…that describes us here at Boys and Girls Homes as well, the B&GH Family.

Michelle Blessing, a mental health professional had this to say about family:

“'Family' is a single word, with many different meanings. People have many ways of defining a family and what being a part of a family means to them. Families differ in terms of economic, cultural, social, and many other facets, but what every family has in common is that the people who call it a family are making clear that those people are important in some way to the person calling them his family.”

Boys and Girls Homes may not be a family in the traditional sense, but every employee, every client, every resident, and every stakeholder is important to us.  We want to provide a safe place for all of us to work and live.  We want to provide that “Sanctuary” for whoever may walk through our doors.  I guess that makes us a bit more like the Addams Family than we realized.

After all, I think I bear a striking resemblance to Uncle Fester. What do you think?

Uncle FesterRev. John Cobb

Rev. John Cobb is the Continuous Quality Improvement Risk Manager and Sanctuary Coordinator for Boys and Girls Homes of NC.


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