Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Reality - Not

The other day, I was channel surfing. It was lunch and I wanted some background noise while I ate. And I landed on a channel that had "The Real Housewives of......" Obviously I was in need of some comic relief, because they were showing was not reality.
When I think of a real housewife, I think about the mommy with 2 toddlers running around and a baby on one hip. Trying desperately to hold on until nap time. Making sure tummies are fed, butts are wiped and boo-boos are kissed.
Knowing that the laundry will wait, but little hearts that need shaping will not.
Or the mom of school aged kids, wanting to serve hot breakfast  and feeling guilty when it's cold cereal instead.
Getting breakfast and lunches made before it's daylight.
Checking homework. Signing the endless stream of papers from school.
Loading the dishwasher.
Scrubbing toilets.
Juggling schedules to make sure everyone gets where they need to be on time.
Buying groceries.
Unloading the dishwasher.
Putting the second load of laundry on.
Folding clothes.
Loading the dishwasher.
Driving children to appointments.
Cleaning up vomit.
Holding children, whenever they don't feel good.
Refusing to take 'I don't know,' as an answer to any question.
What I saw on this show was not reality, and maybe that's where the irony is. We watch these shows labeled as reality, but they are so far removed from what reality is that we become mesmerized. Sucked in by their personal chefs. The chauffeurs. Luncheons with girlfriends, and drinking champagne. The nanny's. The fake hair. The surgically enhanced figures. The designer clothes. The glitz, glamour and parties.
Seriously, Bravo, you would do us real housewives a favor if you would drop the "Real" from the title. Maybe you should replace it with "Spoiled" or "Pampered" or "Pretentious".
Anything, but real.....

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