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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Understanding Marcia Brady

Do you remember that episode of the Brady Bunch where the boys are playing football in the backyard and Marcia comes out of the house just in time to be hit square in the face by a wayward football thrown by Peter and then her nose swells up to three times its size and she can't leave the house or go to her big date with the coolest guy at school for whom she begged off another date because he wasn't cool enough?

Marcia got a lot of flak for that, you know. Even I thought she was a little bit drama queen about the whole thing. I do believe it's one of the most commonly parodied Brady Bunch episodes. I mean, on a quick googling of the words Marcia Brady football, I discovered this game (I got 20 points and hit Marcia's nose with the football twice), this extremely bizarre script between the Partridge Family and the Brady Bunch, and this video of the exact episode in question. All on the first page of results.

Well, I no longer think she overreacted. I now have extreme empathy and compassion for poor Marcia. Why you ask? Because, yesterday, I experienced a Marcia Brady moment: I was hit (hard!) in the face with a football.

Here's how it went: I was at Young Women, minding my own business and taking some pictures of the girls who missed our temple trip a couple weeks ago. Some Young Men from another ward were also on the church lawn, quite far away from us, tossing a football. One minute, I was directing a girl on how to pose and the next minute, my glasses were thrown ten feet from my face and I was knocked down on the lawn. (You'll be glad to know that both glasses and camera survived the ordeal with nary a scratch. Phewsh!)

In their defense, the boys were extremely apologetic, but that did not help my lip, which had already doubled in size. I'm also fairly certain I'm going to have a black eye. I'm a tough girl, but it took me a few minutes to snap out of it and be myself again, especially since that involved trying to take pictures when all I was seeing at the moment was stars. Also, I had a pretty massive headache the rest of the night. Who knew that simply going to do my church calling could be such a dangerous undertaking?

So, Marcia, I now understand your pain. Really, I do. I'm so sorry I ever doubted you.


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  1. Oh man! What a way to get injured. I am soooo sorry!

    I hope you are feeling better soon!

  2. Oh my nose! Oh my nose!

    Sorry, I just couldn't resist!

    Hope you get feeling better shortly! Dang mutual activities anyway!

  3. O man i hope you feel better soon.

  4. That episode always made me laugh!

    I'm so sorry about your own personal episode though.

    I'm crossing my fingers for the drawing!

  5. Are you feeling better today? Is your eye black?

    My husband has taken to watching The Brady Bunch when he gets home from work (5:30 on channel 7, I think). What fun flashbacks from my younger years!

  6. Hopefully you are feeling better today! Once I got hit in the stomach by a stray softball! I was walking across the outside of the field and the guys were playing catch on the field- the ball went over the guys head and WAM right in my stomach! It hurt and I had a huge bruise!

  7. Oh man! I got hit once in the head by a basketball in the church gym by the young men too. It hurt sooooo bad, and I was lucky it wasn't straight in my face. I hope it gets better fast!

  8. Ooooh I feel for you. I know that feeling and it's not fun. You want to cry like a baby. And movies show people getting hit all the time and they don't even blink. (Obviously it's fake, but how unrealistic it all is.)

  9. Ahh... God gives us trials so we can feel for others. Perahaps now you can find a non-fictional person to feel sorry for. ;)

  10. Um, Lara -- I'm sorry, but this post is absolutely useless without a picture. :)

    Seriously, though. I'm sorry. And I am glad your glasses and camera made out better than your face!

  11. Oh, that's miserable! A few months ago I went against my better judgment and played water basketball with my cousins. Not two minutes into the game the ball came flying right into my nose. It was horrible, and I really feel for you!

    I also learned to stay out of mutual sports after falling on my back playing slip n slide football during my last pregnancy. Regardless of how much you want to jump in and set a good example, resist the temptation! In fact, I'd advise staying home that night.

    Hopefully you won't end up looking like Marcia, and have to miss your date with the coolest guy in school.

  12. My mom had her nose broken by a basketball (I think) in college. Ow.

  13. I am so sorry. At least it wasn't your nose. Not that fat lips are at all enjoyable, but I can picture Marcia's swollen nose. A lip injury seems much less . . . um, ugly.

    Hope you're all better now.

  14. I love that episode. Actually, the boys watch the Brady Bunch on PBS while I'm cooking dinner. Ouch on the Marcia moment!

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