STRANGE AS IT MAY SEEM, How I Met Your Mother has an interesting tendency to bring up often-important issues in a timely manner. The show, seen mostly through the eyes of hopelessly romantic Ted Mosby, has always worked the relationship angle. Now that Marshall and Lily are parents, things are even more complicated.
In this past week’s episode, Lily and Marshall leave the cocoon of the home in order to find who would be Marvin’s best god-parent. Marshall then uses his knack for game shows to bring the friends into a round of “Who Wants to Be a Godparent?” The game goes well until the Ted, Robin, and Barney leave in a huff for feeling unimportant to two of their best friends. And while the difficult issue is resolved by the end of the episode, it’s something that doesn’t get talked about often.
How do you balance friendships when things like marriage and children enter the picture? It’s obvious that some kind of guilt can be felt on both sides (“I don’t have the time” and “I don’t want to be an imposition”). So how do you make it work? What are important things for those in this situation to think about?
You can check out the whole episode of How I Met Your Mother here.
(P.S. While in Denver, I stayed with dear friends who are parents of a toddler, and they were great hosts. I’m blessed to have them in my life. So this isn’t directed at the Amazing Duncans. It’s an interesting situation, though, that has me curious as to how this can play out.)