SoCal Families: 60 Years Apart

A look at the Families of Avy Osalvo and Lucille Ball

The Osalvo (and Extended) Family [2015]

Members

The Osalvo Family:
  • My mother Lita and my father Danilo
  • My little sister Danielle

The Extended Family:

  • My cousins Angeline B. and Alex B.
  • My cousins Tiffany F., Kathleen F., and Mavelyn F.
  • My grandmother: Angelita (Lola) F.

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Road Trip Songs

On the way from one relative to another, we always end up listening to the radio when we're on the road. The song above, "I Just Called To Say I Love You," and the song below, "We Are Young," are examples of songs that every family member gets along to. Within my family, we tend to switch radio stations from 93.1 Jack FM, 102.7 KIIS FM, and Power 106.

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Extended Family: The Cousins

Although I love and respect my aunts and uncles, my cousins have made a greater contribution to my personal growth. All five of them: Tiffany, Angeline, Kathleen, Mavelyn, and Alex, have made me more outgoing throughout all the times we have been together. Along with Danielle, we used to call ourselves "The Seven Dwarfs." When we inevitably clash, it definitely feels like partitions have been rolled up, but at the end of the day those boundaries come down, and we remain inseparable.
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Extended Family: Lola Angie

Instead of calling my grandma by that title, we simply call her "Lola," which is the Tagalog word for grandmother. She may be stubborn, or rather, strong-willed, but all three families continue to take turns caring for her. Although she repeatedly questions everyone about whether or not they have eaten or where are they going out, we all know that her actions are just another way of saying, "I care about you."

The Arnaz (and Extended) Family [1955]

Members

The Ball-Arnaz Family:

  • Lucille Ball
  • Desi Arnaz
  • Lucie Arnaz
  • Desi Arnaz, Jr.

Extended Family:

  • Grandfather Hunt, AKA "Daddy"
  • Lucille's mother, DeDe
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Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz

When Lucille and Desi separated and divorced towards the beginning of the 1960's they were a highly publicized couple, especially since both where major Hollywood symbols. Initially, many studio executives couldn't see the two as representatives of an average "American couple," because of race, but after touring their successful vaudeville acts across the nation, CBS gave the duo permission to launch their own television show. This show would later be known as the Emmy Award winning sitcom, "I Love Lucy." After the show became a hit, they eventually opened up their own studio, entitled Desilu Productions, Inc. Together, the couple embodies the American Dream because they faced economic and cultural barriers in their journey to wealth, fame, and recognition.

Lucie Arnaz

When Lucie was born in 1951, her birth heavily impacted the lives of the Hollywood couple. This change, however, is similar to the behavior of many young, American families. When Lucille realized that she and Desi were responsible for this new life, she was both scared and thrilled with the task of being a mother. Prior to the birth of Lucie, however, there was a point in her marriage where she had a miscarriage. As a result of this, Lucille ached to have a child of her own, which is why she did whatever she needed to do in order to take care of Lucie and Desi, Jr.

Desi Arnaz, Jr.

When Desi Arnaz, Jr. was born in 1953, his character, "Ricky Ricardo, Jr." was also born. Both Lucille and Desi Arnaz, Sr. were excited with the prospect of having both a son and a daughter. Even though Lucille and Desi struggled with always being there for the children, Lucille realized this was a parallel with her own childhood, and that she could only do her best.

Extended Family: Grandfather Hunt (Daddy) and DeDe

With the absence of a father figure (since DeDe divorced her second husband, Ed Peterson) Lucille's grandfather, referred to as "Daddy," took over the position. Lucille and her little brother Freddy were separated for a while, but after reuniting with Daddy and DeDe it became clear that the bonds between these family members became stronger than ever. Daddy inspired Lucille to take care of her family, and as he reached a debilitating mental and physical state, he taught Lucille that she should be generous.


Lucille's mother DeDe made a similar impact like Daddy by training Lucille to become a disciplined hard-worker. Ever since she was a little girl, DeDe gave Lucille many daily responsibilities to meet, which ultimately developed Lucille's enduring work ethic. Despite these tasks, Lucille maintained a sense of respect and devotion for her mother. Additionally, DeDe fully supported Lucille's interest of breaking into the entertainment industry, such as working extra jobs, in order to support her endeavors.

A Nation Watches "Lucy Goes To The Hospital"

EXPECTING

The I Love Lucy episode, "Lucy Goes To The Hospital," was one of the most viewed and anticipated episodes of all of television history. The birth of "Ricky Ricardo, Jr," was written to match the time with Lucille Ball's pregnancy, and if it weren't for head writer Jess Oppenheimer's suggestion, then Lucille and Desi would have cancelled the how. Thankfully, as long as I Love Lucy did not use the term "pregnant," but rather, "expecting," the airing of this episode would be allowed. In fact, hours after this recorded episode aired, Lucille gave birth to Desi Arnaz, Jr. which garnered the attention nationwide.

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Conclusion

I consider Lucille's strong support system to be similar to my own situation, because both Lucille Ball and I have family members who continue to inspire and motivate us. Through the comparison of the relationships between family and extended family members, we have illustrated that even though decades change, family values will stay.