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This is Us.

Oct 27, 2016 | ideas & inspiration | 9 comments


I REALLY DIDN’T HOLD OUT much hope, to tell you the truth. The commercials were on ad nauseam and the promotion seemed too much. It was like one of those films for which all the good moments are shown in the previews leaving nothing to delight in during actual viewing.

But there is so little television Tim and I watch live these days. A new show, we both agreed–one with even with the tiniest modicum of promise–seemed a worthy spend of an hour.

What a good decision that turned out to be.


THIS IS US is a new drama on NBC that has stolen my heart. The storyline is meant “to challenge your everyday perceptions about the people you know and love,” a fine line to walk if ever I’ve seen one. In less skillful hands this show could go so wrong so fast. But so far, so good (there are a few exceptions*), and Tuesday night’s “The Game Plan” resolved nicely in a lovely and surprising way as Kevin shared a Painting of Life with his nieces.



AS I WATCHED I couldn’t help but think what an important message this is for our world today, for our country today, for each and every one of us, on every side of every issue.

What if we’re in the painting before we’re born, what if we’re in it after we die, and these colors that we keep adding—what if they just keep getting added on top of each other until eventually, we’re not even different colors anymore. Just one thing, one painting…There’s no you, or me, or them. There’s just us. 


image: NBC, This is Us

image: NBC, This is Us


And this sloppy, wild, colorful, magical thing that has no beginning, has no end, is right here. I think it’s us.

It’s us. There’s just us. Yes.


*His making of the painting, perhaps. But the looks on the faces of those girls as he shares it way more than makes up for that bit of willing suspension. Right???


  1. Vicki

    I haven’t watched this episode yet because Sally made me promise to save it to watch with her. And when my daughter wants to do something with me, I oblige, right? But Charlie watched and particularly mentioned this scene and one that got to him. It’s a favorite in the Ringer household, too.

  2. Vickie

    Of course it’s my new favorite! I knew you would love it too!

    • Cathy

      Yay! Thanks, Vick!

  3. Rosemary

    Obsessed with this show. Told Colette she and Gary NEED to watch. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Cathy

      Got to for the Steelers love if nothing else, right? Thanks, Rosemary!

  4. Esther Cope

    Love this show. It really does have many truths. Glad to see a show of this quality now. Many people I know are feeling this same way. This was a great interpretation of the show. Thanks!

    • Cathy

      I agree. It is hitting a chord which gives me hope! Thanks so much for commenting!

  5. Cindy Enfinger

    Could not agree more! I sound like a commercial for NBC but this one IS “must see tv”!
    Beautiful show…

    • Cathy

      It is. Agreed!

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This is a blog about writing, creative living, and grace in the everyday. It’s my hope this little spot on the internet will be for you a place of quiet and reflection, a source for inspiration, and a reminder there’s beauty all around—we simply need to keep our hearts open to see it. Thank you for being here with me.

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