There were a lot of really touching moments in this episode, moments that reflected family dynamics, rites of passage, change, and self-discovery. There was also a really important lesson for all of us in this episode.
Ladies, don't ever, EVER take your husband shopping for clothes with you.
It's funny how we think it's a good idea, or at least a manageable one. We tell ourselves that this time will be different; this time will be a bonding experience-–or at least a fun one.
Or rather, wrong.
Mauricio's mother spoke with Paul and I about approaching things as a team, and I agree with that philosophy for some experiences. When it comes to shopping however, not so much. Is there a husband handbook somewhere that encourages them to suggest the clearance rack every time without fail? I think I'm benching Paul on the next shopping trip. Commit too many fouls and you foul right out of the game, right? On a more serious note, watching Kyle experience Farrah's graduation made me think about what it will be like when my own sons graduate from college. I have to be honest, it's something that will make me both incredibly proud, and break my heart at the same time. I don't think you truly realize how fast time flies until you see the years go by in a child. One minute they're crawling on the floor and the house is filled with the sound of bedtime baths and pleas for chocolate pudding, and the next thing you know your child is all grown up and ready to conquer the world on their own. I've always had a protective instinct, especially where family is concerned, but when I became a mother that instinct intensified beyond comprehension. I know that one day I'll have to step back and let them leave the nest, but I'm incredibly glad that day hasn't arrived.
Speaking of the graduation, you saw Paul and I talking with Estella, Mauricio's mother, about the dynamic of our relationship. I also acknowledged how much work marriage is. I think it's really important to realize that every marriage in the world takes an incredible amount of effort and compromise, no matter how much love there is. It's because of the love that you put in the work, and that's what we try to do each and every day. I try to look at my life, my marriage, and my goals as a constantly evolving work in progress, and that's what keeps me energized.
Hope everyone tunes in next week for the finale! Talk to you then!
P.S. – I think that husband manual needs to add a line that says "Even if you're a plastic surgeon, don't point out what a woman can do to improve upon her looks unless specifically asked."
P.P.S: I'm on Twitter at @AdrienneMaloof – come chat with me!