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Friday, June 19, 2009

A Quick Little Rant

Jon and Kate + 8

I am from a big family. We probably wouldn't make very good reality TV. It always struck me as odd that this was such a noteworthy thing that a family had eight kids. I know lots of families that have more. But none of them have sextuplets. And none of them seem to crave the limelight.

Apparently the Gosselins are okay with the limelight. The limelight seems to have ruined them. But on they go right into the glow.

In the midst of the chaos that they have born or created comes word that they have a big announcement on Monday. Rumblings are that they are separating or divorcing. They claim to be trying to find peace for both of them.

Well, I hope that their real announcement is that they are turning off the cameras and getting family counseling. Get out of the mess created by peering eyes, tabloid stories, book signings, Today Show appearances, late night bar visits, cozy body guards, and whatever else you have made "necessary." Figure out what is really important. Find the core of who you are as a couple and as a family.

Peace for you is secondary to peace and piece of mind for your kids. Nothing that has happened over the last several months has been positive for your kids. In fact, I would go so far as to say that everything that you are doing is terribly detrimental to your kids. Turn it around and figure out how to help your family. I am guessing calling it quits without any effort to solve your problems will teach terrible, unteachable lessons to your eight kids.

That's right, you have eight kids that you went to endless efforts to have through fertility treatments and challenging pregnancies. Can you spend as much time and effort to help them as you took to create them? Can you find the love in one another that prompted you to want to share your love with all these kids?

What an awful example you are teaching married couples, families, TV audiences, and most importantly your kids if you declare divorce without exhausting all possibilities of making this work. You will prove yourselves to be shallow, selfish and stupid if that's you"Big Announcement." On the other hand, if you make the announcement you are getting out of show business and getting down to the business of being a family I will cheer you on to no end, and I assure you, so will America.

Rant over.


Anonymous beth c said...

Right on! I couldn't agree more. Nothing to add here.

9:46 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Amen! I so want these two to turn it around.

11:18 AM  

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