Tender Loving Care
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I'm not usually one to get into "entertainment" stuff too much. I mean, I catch stuff here and there but it really affects my life in no way whatsoever. This "Jon and Kate plus Eight" thing is different though.
It all makes me so sad. Not in a "that's too bad" sort of way, but in a "I am truly in a funk because of this" sort of way! It all gives me a sick feeling in my stomach. Maybe that's because I think what has happened to them could happen to almost any family in America that forgets what their priorities should be for any amount of time.
What happened (or is happening) to them is the reason I say over and over to myself (on a bad work day), "My job is not my life. My job is not my life." Interesting, since in tonight's show Jon said something about how living his life has turned into his job--a business.
Part of what made that show fun to watch a few years ago is how those two interacted with one another. He was the laid back goofy dad and she was the anal-retentive outspoken wife. If I'm being honest, Eric and I could fit into that mold as well (although hopefully not to that extent)! I make lots of decisions and Eric goes along. Until Eric makes a decision and *I* go along. He knows that he's got final say. He just doesn't usually care much about the every day decisions that need to be made. Anyway, I digress...
When watching tonight's show I saw them giving an uber expensive birthday party; the kids running around in this brand new humongous house (with land); and Kate talking about how she was "there" for her kids--oh, except for when that darn book tour pulls her away.
WAKE UP!!!!!! I'm sorry. I don't want to judge. I suppose that's what I'm doing though. Families throughout history have raised larger families than 8 kids, with a tiny fraction of the room the Gosselin family has. Kids don't have to have birthday parties with bouncy toys and magicians, and THIRTY friends! Kids don't need all of this "stuff" to feel protected, fed, happy, and loved.
So yeah...the money must be good if you're "Jon and Kate." But it obviously hasn't brought happiness. What if. What if they just stepped back, quit spending their money on all of this STUFF, quit the show, Jon got a job, and they started living real life again. Could it really be so much worse than it is for them now? I grieve for those kids to think about what they will see one day when they are old enough to understand. I'm not talking just about what they would see on google. I'm talking just about the show itself. I am deeply, deeply, saddened for them all. I hope they can find their way back to each other.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Tender Loving Care