Real Housewives and Real Children (or Another One of My Rants)

Last night I couldn’t sleep as I was channel surfing I ran across The Real Housewives of Atlanta. I had never seen the show before but I read something this past week that Elf Nino’s Mom wrote about the antics of the Real Housewives of Atlanta. I am really not into reality shows, because most of them seem to feature a lot privileged people whining or type A personalities trying to outdo each other. The reality shows I watch are shows like Food Network Challenge or Trading Spaces.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta was pretty much what I expected. Privileged women whining about someone wearing the same dress as theirs, how hard it is to get three boys to school with only the help of a chef, nanny and cleaning people, or that middle class is not good enough for her children. I’ve heard less whining on John and Kate Plus 8 and 17 Kids and Coutning. Kim, one of the women spends $18,000 on a birthday party for her eleven year-old. She spends $2,000 on the cake alone and supposedly, it is not as good as the cakes at Publix. Among the presents she gives to her daughter is a Louie Vatan handbag. One of Kim’s reasons for throwing such an extravagant party was that her parents made her work for things and she wasn’t going to do that to her children. I guess I can’t relate because never had anything like that as an eleven year-old. My birthday present that year was Duchess, my border collie, in my opinion, that is a more practical and suitable present for a pre-teen. I’m sure the cake was either Chocolate Cherry made by mom or German Chocolate made by grandma. My Grandma made the best German Chocolate cake. It was so tender that the cake would crumble when you looked at it.

This morning in church, I kept looking at stack of shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child and thinking about the wastefulness of Kim’s party. Operation Christmas Child is a program sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse that provides presents for needy children worldwide. Each shoebox or shoebox sized plastic box is packed with the basics like toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, school supplies, treats like candy or gum, a shirt and an age appropriate toy. In recent years, Samaritans’ Purse has asked that plastic boxes be used because that is the only storage container many families have. The thought that struck me was each of those boxes cost about $20-30 to pack. For some recipients that may be their only present this year or ever. How many boxes would that $18,000 provide? Or how long could the family of one of the recipients live on that $18,000? These children truly need things we consider essential and not want a new Louie Vatan handbag because the one they have isn’t good enough for an 11-year-old. Good grief! When I was that age I could barely keep up with my backpack from a discount store.

Recently, I have been whining about not having a working refrigerator for over a week and the old management company not fixing things in a timely matter. The Big Guy pointed out that many places in this world don’t even have the money to buy food much less a fridge. Overall, we have a nice place, but it just seemed very annoying that what I considered the basics weren’t working right. So, my point is to be thankful for what I have and remember what really is important.

15 comments

  1. Thanks for posting this… as the Christmas season approaches, I find myself more and more upset with our culture that is so focused on GETTING. I couldn’t watch that show without struggling to want to punch those ladies, so I never have. Jsut hearing the title was enough for me:)

  2. I agree, it was truly stupid for her to buy a Louis Vuitton handbag for an 11-year-old. That particular woman is so narcissistic that she undoubtedly bought the purse because it makes her look “important”, and not because her daughter needed it. Nobody needs a purse that expensive, much less an 11-year-old. Disgusting excesses. I wonder if she’s still spending money like water now that her sugar daddy is gone?

  3. Finances determined that almost all of our gifts were homemade–blouses, shirts, pants, dresses, sweaters, belts, billfolds, etc. Time spent in constructing the items expressed our love–even when the fabric came from the bargin rack at a discount store.

  4. Yeah, I’m with you. I’m not gonna watch that either.
    I work for everything I have, nothing is handed to me. Children need to learn that you have to work for the things you want, then you appreciate them more. And if something “is” handed to you, it will be appreciated more. And if by some chance, they strike it rich, they will remember where they came from and how to handle life if it takes it away.

  5. I totally agree. I hate it when the wealthy whine about shit when there are truely people who are in need. I just got done watching a video about food banks running out of food…

    DH is always complaining that we don’t have money…but we do have food and we do have a place to live and we do have clothes. We feel a pinch this year, not a crunch…and for that I am thankful.

  6. Polly: I enjoyed my homemade sweaters and was very proud of the tatting my Granddaddy made for my dresses.

    Becky: By contrast the Duggars (from “17 children and counting”) have instilled a strong work ethic in their children. All of the children have chores. Their oldest son who is in his early 20’s already has his own business.

  7. This is just pitiful. What are these children being taught? To overindulge? What values are being taught here? Too often it seems people value their self worth on the worth of their possessions. These women would do well to heed the words of the Savior who asked, “What does it profit a man if he gains the world and loses his soul?”

  8. I know scary isn’t it how messed up things are. Teachers, fire fighters and police barely get paid a living wage and athletes get paid an way to much for playing with a child’s toy.

  9. We’re doing all handmade gifts this year, too: baked goods and handmade cards, mostly. Christmas Child has been one of my favorite things forever! It’s easy and fairly cheap and actually makes a difference–I love it.

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