Call me old-fashioned.
Please call me old-fashioned. Because sometimes I think I’m the only one left.
I grew up singing songs like:
Fadra and Sean sitting in a tree
First comes love, then comes marriage,
then comes Evan in a baby carriage
Of course, I didn’t sing it exactly that way because I didn’t know my husband Sean back in elementary school (although I did have a boyfriend in 5th grade names Shawn). And I certainly didn’t know there would be an Evan in my life.
But I did pretty much plan the order of events in my life. Yes, I was going to find love. Then, I was going to get married. Then, I would have kids.
It’s a choice. I mean, I didn’t like a sparkling white life. I lived with my ex-boyfriend for many years, much to my mother’s dismay. My husband had a previous wife, whose name we shall not speak. But more or less, we did it the way I think it should be done.
I recognize there are all different ways to build a life and define a family and I’m not saying everyone needs to follow the same rules but yes, I think some rules should be followed, especially when you’re bringing a new little person into the mix.
Take my friend, for example.
She’s pregnant and unmarried. It’s not that unusual these days. No longer seen as an accident, or a “whoopsie,” people generally embrace the celebration of a new life, and hope the circumstances are for the best.
But my friend hasn’t always had the best examples. She is a product of divorced parents and her mother remarried only a year after the divorce. She grew up with her own siblings and stepsiblings and then half-siblings. Still, blended families are becoming the norm, so maybe that’s not such a bad thing,
She graduated high school and decided not to pursue higher education. Instead, she got married two years after graduation to a rather successful guy ten years her senior. The marriage lasted less then 4 years. She said he was abusive. He said she was a user who simply wanted to extort more money from him to finance her expensive habits.
Ah, yes. Love is grand. Divorce is a hundred grand.
It was probably for the best though. She lost her father when she was only 22, right around the same time her marriage was falling apart. But she did find comfort in the arms of another man. Well, I’m not sure if “comfort” is what you would call it.
She had a boyfriend who was a bit on the famous side. And as most people would do when dating a famous person, they decided to videotape their most intimate moments. And you might have guessed it… the videotape was leaked.
It was released publicly four years later and as you can guess, my friend was absolutely devastated and mortified. So mortified that she sued the company that was attempting to distribute the tape. But instead of gaining ownership of the tape, she opted instead for a large financial settlement, essentially blessing the continued release of the tape.
She once again found solace in the dating scene. She found love with an NFL star, a singer, another NFL star, a TV star, a model, and back to an NFL star. Still, nothing seemed to stick. She just couldn’t find happiness. Or maybe someone that would accept her for who she was.
Until she met the man of her dreams, an NBA basketball star. It was a whirlwind courtship and they had a fairytale wedding. She had found love at last and was ready to make marriage work. For 72 days.
While waiting for the divorce to become final, she hooked up with a rap star and has decided that she’s ready to bring a child into the world.
Okay, the jig is up. I’m talking about Kim Kardashian and she is NOT my friend.
I just want people to gain perspective. Let’s look at the timeline of debauchery:
- She grew up in a privileged world and hung out with the likes of meaningful people like Paris Hilton.
- She became a stylist for class acts like Lindsey Lohan and Brandy.
- She rose to fame and prominence BECAUSE SHE WAS HAVING SEX ON A VIDEOTAPE (with Brandy’s brother).
- She was offered a lot of money to star on a “reality show” chronicling the life and times of her blended family.
- She posed for Playboy.
- She can’t sing, she can’t dance, she can’t act. And yet, she’s considered an entertainer.
- She had one of the costliest weddings of all time ($10 million), that she paid practically nothing for.
- She had one of the shortest marriages in history.
- While still officially married, she hooked up with another guy and is now pregnant.
So Kim “I hate to talk about myself” Kardashian and Kanye “Imma let you finish” West are reproducing and apparently, we’re supposed to be excited.
Get excited for this summer…Royal baby and Kimye baby both due in July!
— TODAY(@todayshow) January 15, 2013
But now you know. I don’t like Kim Kardashian. I don’t have any respect for her and more importantly, I choose not to waste hours of my life watching hers. But the pregnancy with Kanye, another person that I loathe, set me over the edge. And I just wanted to let you know that at least one person out there still longs for a few old-fashioned values.