My husband and I discovered that the 60s show “Hazel” was on Antenna TV daily. Mark had never watched as a kid, but I did and remembered how much I enjoyed it. Hazel ran from 1961 – 1966 and the first four seasons were in black and white.
Hazel was the kind of person that gave unsolicited advice to the family she was caring for, which always seemed like butting in, but in the end it was always sound advice.
Hazel lived with George and Dorothy Baxter as their live-in housekeeper (Hazel refers to it as a “Domestic Engineer“). One thing I admire about her was that she ran a VERY organized household!
George was a prominent lawyer in town and his gorgeous wife stayed home. Their son Harold was very polite and spent lots of time with Hazel. Those were the days, eh?
Hazel (the show) was created before the digital generation. They ate dinner as a family and talked about their day. Dorothy greeted George when he came home from work with “Hello Darling, how was your day”?
It’s amazing, they actually communicated when they were together or they’d all watch TV together as a family, not in separate rooms, with no smart phones or tablets to be found… Those were the days, eh?
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So, besides keeping an organized house, what ELSE can we learn from Hazel?
Be Kind To Your Neighbors
Hazel had a knack for welcoming new neighbors and taking care of neighbors when there was a need. Even the Johnson’s who are a prominent couple, seem to be helpless when it comes to domestic chores around the house. Hazel was always happy to help without judgement.
Learn Skills Other Than Cleaning
Hazel was not only talented at being a domestic engineer, she was good at many things such as playing pool, bowling, and playing the Ukulele. She even could throw a baseball and a football which Harold the son, loved. She often played poker with George and his friends, just like one of the guys, and also taught golf lessons!
Stand Up For What You Believe In
Whether it’s getting a new crosswalk put in for the kids safety, not draining a community lake, or fighting a parking ticket, Hazel was always there to fight for what was right.
Make Friends With Your Mailman
Not only was Hazel great friends with the other domestic engineers in town, she was well connected to the mailman, the gardener and even the guy that delivered bread.
Start A Club With Other Women
Hazel and the other domestic engineers had a club called the Sunshine Girls.
Always Have Meaningful Sayings In Your Pocket
A few favorite Hazel quotes are “For Pete’s Sake” and “Ain’t That A Doozie?”
Learn To Cook Well
Hazel’s cooking was so good that all the neighbors were always asking for her recipes. Some of George’s clients, for some reason, always showed up at dinner time.
Take Pride In Your Work
Hazel really was proud of her job and took pride in all the household chores, like cleaning and cooking, and she never complained. She even answered the phone “Baxter Residence” and also answered the door.
Find A Solution To Problems
If a problem would arise, Hazel always found a positive solution. Not only did she solve the Baxter’s problems, she also solved the neighbors problems as well as the workers problems.
If I had a domestic engineer living with us, I would for sure want it to be someone like Hazel. Even though she ruled the roost, she was always cheerful, never depressed, and was always around whenever someone needed her. She found the positive in everything.
She’s the kind of person you’d want in your pocket if there was ever an emergency. Hazel taught us that no matter what happens in life, everything always works out for the best.
Did you watch Hazel? Please leave a comment!