my guilty pleasure…

As a former Catholic girl, I am accustomed to making confessions.  Not sure how many Our Fathers and Hail Marys this one will cost me, but here goes:

Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned.  I have been seduced by a reality television show.

Ugh!  I am so ashamed!

First, let me declare that, on the whole, I detest reality TV.  Honestly.  My girls and I don’t even watch American Idol or Dancing with the Stars (although I don’t actually have anything against either of those programs).  I have, on occasion, when feeling low and vulnerable, succumbed to the high-calorie delicious wickedness that is The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills or (gasp!) Keeping Up with the Kardashians.  But I always felt dirty and small afterward, as if I, too, was a bitchy rich girl with nothing to do but complain all day and change my shoes.

But then I found Jennie.  And I’m hooked.  I admit it.  I’m a Jennie Garth:  A Little Bit Country junkie.

I know, I know…. time to hand in my membership in the well-educated, erudite, PBS-watching Women Who Are Too Good For Reality TV Club.

But, seriously, I’m writing this because I actually want to encourage you all to check it out.  Yes, it’s Jennie Garth of Beverly Hills 90210 fame, and yes, she’s still prettier than a 40-year-old mother of three has any right to be, but she’s not perfect. And there’s something touchingly endearing about her that I think will resonate with many of you.

Her husband of 11 years (and partner of 17), actor Peter Facinelli, left her earlier this year, and she moved from LA to a ranch in Central California with her three daughters.  Now she struggles to make a new life for herself, with all the same problems and fears and feelings that we’ve all had when a serious relationship ends.

Okay, okay, so what’s new, right?  Another completely self-absorbed celebrity baring it all for the camera in order to make a buck, right?

Maybe  so, but there’s an authenticity here that has me in its grasp.  The show isn’t scintillating or sexy.  It’s just sweet and funny and unpretentious.

In all the important ways, she’s a lot like me and/or many of my readers.  She has her family and her friends, and they’re not all Beautiful People.  She’s still in love with her soon-to-be ex, and can’t imagine being with anyone else.  She’s struggling with feeling rejected and lonely and trying to be a strong role model for her kids.  I have to admit that I’m surprised and impressed by her grace and her humor, and I think it’s fantastically brave of her to try to do all of this in front of a camera….  I mean, a computer screen is one thing, but a camera???  Yikes.  I wish I had had her show when I was going through those feelings.

Instead, I watch it now and cheer her on.  I can’t help it.  I know it’s sentimental and I know it’s silly, but I do.

And, I suspect, if you drink the Jennie Garth Kool-Aid, you’ll be hooked, too.  But if you’re not, that’s fine with me.  Just don’t judge, because I know you’re secretly a huge Jersey Shore fan….

Blogger’s Note:  You can catch the episodes on CMT, or watch them online, here.



Filed under general musings, love, relationships, single mom

7 responses to “my guilty pleasure…

  1. I’ve never seen it but I’m going to have to check it out now. And shhh.. don’t tell anyone but I am a secret Jersey Shore fan…. I know I lost brain cells with every show I watched but it was so ridiculous it just suckered you in.. Ha

  2. cassee01

    thanks for sharing – I loved her on 90210 she was my fave!!! and I have to pass on a reality show I just watched recently on A&E Duck Dynasty

  3. I used to be a fan of 90210 too. And of course her plight willresonate with me, so will def have to check it out now. Thanks for the link! x

  4. Rascal Foxx

    Thank you so much for giving me such a wonderful feeling of superiority!
    You are such a Good Friend! Thank you, thank you, thank you. I don’t watch any of those shows. NOT even one of them, EVER…so I owe ya. 😀
    As to guilty pleasures of mine. . .well, not tellin’ ! Nothing quite so benign as Jenny Garth 😛 So, in my reality, truth be told, you are SO much better than me.

    But, at least, ah aint gonn down the country road. An ah dew unnerstan ur frens reluctance to introdeuce her new country bf to her snooty frens. Why, dey jus woudn unnerstan her at all. They beann rich an all. Am I Raight? He ainn evin got him a properr educashin er nuthin. I done got meself a reel agitation online, so ahm good naw. yall be kewl.

    • Lol, Rascal. I’m not sure her friends are rich exactly. Southern mores and customs can be hard to discern and explain if you don’t live in them. For me, a 13-year relationship with my Southern ex-husband and complete immersion in his family still didn’t answer all my questions. Tim and Katrina are quite alright with what they have and far less concerned with what anyone thinks of it.

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