I've been enjoying this year of the Real Housewives of New York City (RHONY). I think one reason I like watching is because of the three new cast members: Carole Radziwill, Aviva Drescher, and Heather Thomson. It's hard to get thrown into an already established cast and then basically be forced to make friends. On camera.
I can't imagine it. But it's fun to watch. It's extremely interesting for someone that writes about relationships to witness the ins and outs of trying to get along with new people and form a bond on TV. You can see, live on the screen, what it looks like for people to try to understand people's personalities, to express hurt, to apologize, and find a connection.
I happened to catch a post from Carole Radziwill about a recent episode, where she accompanied Aviva Drescher to see a boy who was born with no legs get "running legs" (artificial legs designed to allow amputees to run) for the first time. Aviva's charity helps provide legs to these kids, because they are very expensive otherwise.
I'll admit I teared up watching this part of the episode. To see the joy and surprise on that little boy's face went right to my heart.
Later, I read Carole's blog and this is what she said about that moment:
"This is why you make the extra effort. Because then you don't miss the chance to witness something extraordinary. You think it all might happen with fanfare and pomp but it happens in the quiet moments, sometimes, when you're just showing up for your friends."
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