Watching Episode 5 reminds me of how I felt walking into this group of ladies: defensive! Clearly there was a lot of cattiness directed at me at the Lollipop Theater charity event (can't a girl wear a heel!?!), so walking into Adrienne's bbq, I definitely had some hesitation about spending time with Kyle, Lisa, and Dana.
I asked Taylor to meet up after the charity event to get to know her better. Despite some initial tension, she was very sweet to me and I had heard through the grapevine that she was going through a tough time and thought we could relate to one another. It seemed obvious during our meeting that she was in a very sad place. Our conversation kept circling back to divorce and therapy, and it seemed clear to me, both by our conversation and her words, that she too could be headed that way. I assumed (which is never a good thing!) that the other ladies, who are far closer to her, were already aware of this.
The bbq was my first chance to meet Camille and I felt we bonded immediately. She has always been so genuine and we have so much in common. I had debated for a while as to whether or not I should bring my boys, Mason (8 years old) and Jake (who just turned 4). As any mom can attest, your youngest is always your little baby and maybe you're sometimes in a little bit of denial about them growing up! And as any mom of little boys knows (because I'm sure raising girls are an entirely different experience), sometimes when they gotta go, they gotta go! Let's be honest: I was a bit intimidated. I was still on crutches, and I already hobbled in with a target on my back. Some of the ladies were very short with me (especially Kyle) and there was a lot of eye-rolling and a good amount of attitude (not to mention a couple of digs about Camille and my, umm, as The Real Housewives of New Jersey would say it, our bubbies). Dana was so busy bragging about her over-the-top sunglasses that she barely acknowledged I was there. I don’t think she earned any points with that.