Tuesday, June 23, 2009

My Thoughts on The Jon & Kate Plus Eight "Scandal" Part II

I (like most of America) watched Jon and Kate Plus Eight last night. As I mentioned in my previous blog, I have been a fan of the show for quite some time. It was a poignant episode for sure.

The truth is, despite the success of their show, despite their celebrity status, their trips to exotic locations, the complimentary services and products their family has received, Jon and Kate Gosselin are just two ordinary people. Two people that found themselves in an extraordinary situation.

They tried to make their marriage work despite the obstacles they were facing; providing for their eight children. Unfortunately, they decided to end their 10 year marriage as of yesterday.

I was saddened watching the show. When I watched previous episodes, I thought to myself: if these two people could make their marriage work there was hope for the rest of the couples in America who didn't have eight children to provide for.

I have to say, I was impressed by Kate's interviews on this particular episode. She was brutally honest; stating that she was afraid to "do this alone." "This" meaning raising eight children. And that when she realized that her marriage was over, she "let herself fall apart for one day," crying her eyes out. But then she resolved "I will always be there for my children. Even if I have to put on a happy face when I'm not feeling happy."

Kate is a phenomenally strong woman. She is still pushing forward; being there for her children in spite of her marital discord.

As a mother, I have great respect for Kate's outlook on the situation. There have been many times in my own life, recently, where I have wanted to break down. I've thought to myself "how much can one person do?" I have been overwhelmed by the prospect of providing for my son, taking care of myself, taking care of my boyfriend etc. But I know that I must go on. I must be emotionally present for my son. This is where Kate Gosselin is coming from. And I appreciate that.


  1. You know, I don't watch the show other than the special that first aired on them. But I've been hearing about it a lot lately and I am sort of drawn in. They didn't mean to have 8 kids, it just happened and I can't even imagine how difficult it must be. People were saying how she's perticular and likes things her way, sort of a task master. But I totally understand that. With so many people to take care of, you need a schedule and regulation. I feel like people are a bit hard on her, when she has no choice but to be strong and hold up the household. I feel bad for them and I hope things go ok for all the kids and them.

  2. I feel the same way. You have to have a regime with eight kids. She is just trying to run an organized household. Who can blame her? Organization is key in a large household!

  3. I appreciated your empathy for this couple. They may have the money but they sure have angst.

  4. Good point, mom! Money cannot buy happiness!


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