Growing Up Fisher
Mel Fisher is no stranger to overcoming hardships -- he has never let blindness hold him back -- so when he and wife Joyce divorce, family members rally and use the transition as an opportunity to learn more about themselves and grow closer. Joyce takes the freedom of the split as a chance to revisit her youth, constantly borrowing clothes from her teenage daughter, Katie, and joining her on trips to the mall. For 11-year-old Henry (whose adult self narrates the story), the upheaval is marked by the arrival of his father's new guide dog, Elvis.
Itâ€™s not every family thatâ€™s brought closer together by divorce, but then again, the Fishers arenâ€™t exactly typical. Take Mel Fisher, for example. Whether itâ€™s chopping down trees, showing his daughter how to drive or playing football with his son, heâ€™s never let the fact that heâ€™s blind slow him down. Then thereâ€™s Joyce Fisher, possibly the only mom in Pasadena to smoke a pipe. For her, divorce is like a second coming of age, a chance to be the teen she never was. Just ask â€™80s-obsessed teenage daughter Katie, whose clothes Joyce is always borrowing. At the center of all this is Henry, the Fisherâ€™s 11-year old son. Having always been his dadâ€™s eyes, ears and wingman, Henryâ€™s less than thrilled when Mel shows up with Elvis, a guide dogâ€¦ which is also how Henry learns about the pending divorce.Read more »