I'll be the first to admit I'm a reality tv junkie. It makes me feel better about myself to see that other people struggle, too, some even worse than me! I especially enjoyed watching Jon and Kate Plus 8 at the beginning. As a new mother of twins, I watched because if Kate could do it with 8 kids, I could surely do it with 2! I quickly got sucked in, though, as I watched the relationship between Jon and Kate play out on my tv screen. Like drivers who slow down to check out a car wreck on the side of the road, part of me was fascinated to watch this marriage crash and burn, and it inevitably did last night. Those of you who have seen the show know what I mean, and for those of you who haven't, suffice it to say that Kate is a shrew. I fully believe she drove Jon away, although of course he has his part in it, too.
As I watched last night, however, I was surprised at the depth of sadness I felt for the entire family. As someone who has gone through a divorce (although not with children, thank God!), I understand exactly what Kate said about feeling like a failure and not wanting to be alone. I am also incredibly sad for those kids who lack so much stability in their lives already. At the same time, I can't help but feel happy for Jon. After being browbeaten by his wife in a humiliating nationwide display for years, he is finally saying he is not taking it anymore.
As it seems Kate is not taking her children out of the public eye (acccording to E! News, 40 more episodes have been ordered), we will continue to be a witness to this family's struggle and pain, whether we (or the kids) like it or not.