1 bachelor + 25 ladies(sleep deprivation and intoxication) = epic meltdowns
Did you know the cocktail party lasts all night and the rose ceremony isn’t until dawn? I’d be curled up on a couch and saying, “Who cares? Forget the rose. Give me a pillow!” But over-the-top drama and host Chris Harrison’s smirk aside, I love the show.
Most recently I’ve been glued to the TV watching bachelorette Emily Maynard’s search for love. If you don’t know Emily’s story, she was engaged to her high school sweetheart, Ricky Hendrick, a NASCAR racecar driver. They met when they were fifteen and they were together for four years before Ricky died in a plane crash on his way to a race. Days later Emily learned she was pregnant with their daughter, named Ricki in honor of her father. Emily has been the only single mother to be the bachelorette, and it has added a whole different dimension to the show. She is looking for someone who will not only be a match for her, but also a man who will be a good fit for her daughter. (Yet, Emily hasn't allowed any of the men to meet Ricki, and I admire her for shielding her daughter. I also respected her for not doing the overnight dates that are usually part of the show.) She’s had some great guys to choose from, but now it’s down to two.
There is the Indie racecar driver, Ari, who’s funny, sexy, and seems to have a really good head on his shoulders when it comes to kids. I liked when he said kids have to trust you as their friend before you can take on the role of their father, and I think that’s very true. Lots of stepparents make the mistake of trying to be a disciplinarian to their stepchildren before they have any type of relationship with them. So kudos to Ari! He would make a great choice.
Then there is my favorite, Jef. He’s a little shy, playful, and a true romantic. Plus, he has an adventurous side to him. He owns a ranch, skateboards, shoots skeet, and has a really cool off-road vehicle that reminds me of a dune buggy. Emily had a lot of fun on his hometown date, and she seemed at ease.
They have similar values. Family is important to both of them. Emily has worked as an event planner for a children’s hospital, which means she was involved in raising charitable donations for the hospital. Jef is the CEO of a water bottling company that helps people without access to clean drinking water. They are also both humble and sensitive.
I think Jef would make a great dad, too. He has given serious thought to how he would fit into Ricki’s life as well as Emily’s. I loved when he said Ricki was the most important person in Emily’s life and he hoped he could be the second most important person. He was also the only one to think about Ricki on one of their dates. He and Emily had picked out marionettes to represent each of them and he went back to buy one for Ricki, too. To me, he’s an all around wonderful guy, and I’m a sucker for the really sweet ones. (Jake Hillary from “Lady Amelia’s Mess and a Half” is my ideal hero.)
I’ve been a bit irked by comments I’ve seen on FB about how Jef is all wrong for Emily, mainly because of his hair. Some people have said he looks like a child, and Emily will be raising two kids if she marries him. They say he’s too young for her and he’s immature. First of all, he’s older than she is and anyone capable of running a successful company is an adult. (Interestingly, he has never given any indication he has money, but rumors have it his net worth is $3 million.) Secondly, judging a person simply on how they look is immature, so nana-nana-boo-boo! LOL
Of course, people making these comments are fans of Emily’s number three choice, Sean. He seems like a nice guy as well, but only Emily can know what’s in her heart. I don’t think she made a mistake, and I didn’t really like when Sean said he hoped Emily came to her senses sooner rather than later and realized she was supposed to be his wife. That wasn’t very gracious or humble, IMO. Nevertheless, it would be nice if Sean became one of the bachelor’s down the road so his fans can see more of him.
Whatever the outcome of Sunday’s finale, I can’t wait to see how everything unfolds.
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