Caroline Manzo

Caroline thanks fans for supporting Albie, and gives her take on Teresa and Danielle's dispute.

on Jul 12, 20100

 

Hello again, another Monday, another blog. So, did you miss us last week? I think I needed the week off to gear up for this blog. As I sit here and type, I'm still not sure what to say, I think I'll let my "automatic pilot" kick in and see what happens.

Let me begin with Albie. Many of you have asked how he's doing and if he's back in school. I can't answer those questions right now, but keep watching, his story plays out over the next few episodes, and I will give you all a final update on the Reunion Show. Thank you so much for your letters of support and encouragement. We appreciate every single one of you for taking the time to write. It would be impossible to answer them all, but I promise you that we've read every single post, whether it was on Facebook, Twitter, my Bravo blog, snail mail, and even emails via The Brownstone. Each and every one of you have played a part in building Albie's confidence back up, so I'm sending you all a "virtual" hug and a HUGE thank you. Can you feel it??? Xoxoxo :o)

OK, ughhhh, time to talk about the fashion show. What a mess. I find myself struggling over what's right and wrong, what's good and evil. After watching the episode, there is no doubt in my mind that Teresa's intention was to say more than just hello. I have to imagine that viewers would all agree that Teresa was "stirring the pot." Here comes the BUT. There was a method to her madness. It is a long, sordid, ugly story that is Teresa's to tell, not mine. Remember, I made a promise never to speak on a certain subject matter again, right? To tell the story would be going back on my word and a promise is a promise. Trust me on this one folks; it all makes sense in the end. I'm not saying I agree on the delivery, but I understand the motive.

Ashley... I'm trying to put myself in her shoes. If I thought that someone had harmed my mother, what would I do? Would I immediately confront that person or would I try to find my mother to make sure she was OK? I'd probably do the latter, but then again, I'm not 18. I'm also questioning whether Ashley's behavior was a planned attack or a knee jerk reaction. Here's a kid with a huge chip on her shoulder towards a certain individual for a multitude of reasons. Did she reach her boiling point and was this the straw that broke the camel's back or did she seize the moment and go for it? Like I said, good/evil, right/wrong. Ashley's facial expressions told me she was clearly upset and I certainly don't believe for a minute that she was playing to the cameras. I have to believe that it was a knee jerk reaction that felt really good. That doesn't make it right, nor does it make her behavior excusable. I think Jacqueline handled the situation as best she could given the circumstances and the chaos at the time. I agree 100% with the position that Chris and Jacqueline took with Ashley regarding the whole situation. They clearly stated that they didn't condone Ashley's behavior and she would have to face the consequences of her actions. I would hate to be in Jacqueline's shoes. Thank you for protecting me, but what were you thinking? I can understand Ashley feeling that Jacqueline was going against her too. In her mind she was protecting her mother. Like I said, what a mess. Unfortunately the story doesn't end here. Keep watching.

 

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Caroline and Alibie. I wanna say that Caroline I think you are an amazing mother.. :) you remind me of my mother so much.. I think it is great to see that yes there are still women out there that do care for their children, husbands and house hold as much as you do.. your are such an inspiration to younge women out there.. I

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I don't know where it is that u all think u can jump another woman. You gang up on her and you cuss and carry on like cavewomen. Danielle talks alot but you all are so funny and let her get to you. Then you all end up looking ridiculous. hahhaha!! BIG MOUTH WOMEN on and on and YOU of all ppl Caroline act like u are GOD.. come on

SaraC
SaraC

Submitted by Sara C, August 31, 2010.

Albie, don't chase your dream, be in it. If your passions change in life, flow with it. Your young, and you'll find your niche. Don't put pressure on yourself to please others. Your family loves you and they desire what you desire for yourself in this life. Let it be your choice. When that time comes....graciously take what is given too you, build it and let it blossom. Your in my prayers and God Bless you and your family.....

Diann, Indiana
Diann, Indiana

Dear Carolyn, I'm no expert but I may have a suggestion that Albie may want to consider trying. I have the same issue as Albie where I cannot always comprehend or recall information from a book when reading large amounts of information no matter how interesting it may be to me. I have to say shame on the people at the school for their quick opinions. It has been proven by many psychologist`s that not everyone learns in the same manner. It has also been proven that those who are not the average "farmer " student are just that "average" (farmer students listen to and take in the teachers opinion) this makes the teachers job easier therefore we are all told that's how we should be. However some of the most intelligent people in the world are told they have a learning disability when in reality they just need to find their way of taking in the information. what worked for me and may be Alvie"s answer is what I call (oral study) I found this out when I had a professor that did his entire class by lecture and as he spoke I took consistent notes and reviewed those notes. A good lecturing professor will allow the class to interact (at a minimum) and ask questions when something does not make since. This type of student is called a "Hunter." The hunter student will look "outside the box" and are of many people make changes in the world, ie; Albert Einstien, Bethoven, Picaso, Elisha Otis, Thomas Edison. I hope Alvie finds his way to overcome their stigma they so quickly judged without the qualifications to do so.

By the way, respect your family and the way you work together. God Bless..

grannygeese
grannygeese

Caroline, You rock! You're the most level headed person in I think any of the Housewives shows. I can also feel your anxiety about the looming empty nest. My own are grown and some days it's pretty lonely. When I'm with either of my sons, I usually make them a favorite meal and they appreciate that a lot. I do have 2 1/2 grandkids (the 1/2 is due end of November 2010) and I get to make lovely memories with them. All the best to you!

Celia V
Celia V

Hi Caroline: First, Happy Birthday. Second, thank you. Thank you for being wearing many hats on this show and wearing them well. You have shown America and Yes. you can be married to the same man and be loyal and in love long term and when you work hard, it is worth it. You have showed America that not running away from your childrens problems or issues and being with them and encouraging them is the way a mother should, no matter how old they get. They always need a mother. You have show America to stay out of all the negativity. We have a choice. We make a choice every day to invite postitve or negative into our lives and how easy life is keeping the negative out. We need more people like you, beautiful on the inside and out, to show us the way in a world that does not have it pulled together. thank you for showing me how a lady should act. I love you for everything you do and say and hope to meet you somedsy, Go bless you. Love, Celia

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tony4real
tony4real

Caroline, the first year I watched this show I felt "man these women are idiots, bda names to the Italian Community.' But I apologize, there is one thing it takes to become a man, TIME. And I watched and learned, Scusa, I was wrong, Danille is the nutjob not you or Teresa or any other. I see the purity of love in your eyes for your family, I see the purity of love of life in your heart, and I am very jealous of it.I hope you will conquer the world, claim your throne and rules us well. Ciao Bella.

Mrs Q
Mrs Q

Caroline you are a class act! As a matter of fact your whole familiy is! I love to watch the show weekly and look forward to every new and exciting adventure! Hope you all return next season!

I'm Just Sayin...
I'm Just Sayin...

Hi, Caroline!

I think you and Albert are AWESOME!! Not ONE of your kids are a lemon!! And you and Albert aren't weird! You have great ideals and everything going for you, what happened to the rest of them? YOU know the ones I mean!!

Anyway, I thought it was so cute for Lauren to suggest to her Daddy that he be your boyfriend! When I saw that video clip I cracked up but it was terrific!

Good luck to Albie, he is probably starting at his new college this month, I hope so! Of all your kids to become a policeman, I thought it would be Lauren! She is so tough! She always beats the boys at their own game!! (Just like my oldest sister was with our brothers!! She cleaned their clocks without a flinch & stepped over them on her way out!!)

Lauren is so level headed, just like her Mom, and that is a high complement!! You are so lovely and such a great business person, I wish the others in your crowd (the other housewives) would be more like you!

Anyway, I am a great proporter of seeking a good education. You don't have to have ANY degrees behind your name to be somebody & be a success and have great intelligence. I taught elemetary school and college for several years & kept at my own business behind the scenes and earned three degrees, which only means that I have them, they are not on my walls & I don't talk about them, but I did it for myself and it was hard, and I admire how you encourage your children and direct & guide them toward right things in life and don't participate in the foolishness.

God Bless You & your husband & family & I look forward to seeing you each week on TV.

Norma Araujo
Norma Araujo

Caroline. You are a great mom and your husband is a terrific person and dad. I pray for Albie to finish law school. He is such a genuine person. You are so smart and you give good advice. Hope Ashley listens to you. Make sure Jaqueline doesn't give up on her. Continue giving good advice. Your greatest fan. Norma

keshia34
keshia34

Albie keep your head up. You can do anything you put you mind to. Caroline you r da bomb!

christie vanderhoof01
christie vanderhoof01

Hello caroline! Being an army wife who watches the show I can relate to you. In several ways. And I appreciate. Your strong beleifs on family and how important it is.

Sunshine
Sunshine

Hi Caroline,

You Rock! You are a great example for all big sisters, sister-in-laws, moms, and wives out there.... I'm one of your biggest fans! Keep doing what you're doing:)

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ViewerInvisible

Hey Bravo, what is the point of having a comments section if you aren't going to post any of the comments?! Or do you just not have people working for you that know what they're doing?

Caroline - I typed out something longer the first time around, but it was never posted. This probably won't be either lol... But - You and your family are wonderful. I love watching you all interact. It reminds me of my own family.

NICK76
NICK76

I WISH I had a mom like you. Don't get me wrong, I love my mom but it makes me wonder how I would've grown up if I had you as a mom.

homemaker
homemaker

I think Caroline you are the only one on this show that seems to worry about money and you don't brag about what you and your husband have and I wish your son all the luck in the world.Take it from a mother who has a 15 year old with a learning disability I know how you feel when someone tells you that your child can't do things.You are a good roll model for all those ladies keep up the good work.

G.
G.

ABOUT ALBIE'S SITUATION: Caroline, I hope someone has told you this, but according to NY Bar Rules, a law student that has completed successfully 1 year in an accredited law school and works 4 years under a NY qualified attorney, will be elibigle to sit for the NY Bar.

It could be an option for Albie. Good Luck!

Fellow Mom of young son with LD
Fellow Mom of young son with LD

Caroline -

As a Mom to a 6 year old son with speech and learning issues, I want to thank you ever so much - you and your family, especially Albie for being open to talking about his very personal struggles on the show. We are just beginning our school journey with our son - and Albie is truly an inspiration that he can do anything and be anything he wants to in his life. GO ALBIE!!! I hope to see his acceptance, start and success to his new law school in episodes to come. Good luck to you all - you're a great family.

alison calabria
alison calabria

hi caroline!

i am a lawyer in california. i recall how extremely difficult the first semester of lawschool was (and i don't have a learning disability). my brother has dyslexia, and is one of the most intelligent, intellectual and thoughtful people i know.

i have NO doubt that albie will succeed in lawschool and as a lawyer! learning disability is not correllated w/ intelligence (or lack thereof) whatsoever! i am routing for him from afar and wish him and your entire family the best!

also - i watch all the realhousewives shows. i must say, the NJ crew (absent danielle) are by far the coolest! thank you for letting us into your lives!

socalviewer
socalviewer

Albie,

A-D-D- is attention deficit disorder. Your learning disability is dyslectic and speech

attention. You need a speech therapist as you have an extreme tongue thrust and speech

impediment. Being a lawyer might make this difficult but seeing a speech therapist

could help. He needs a teacher for reading. Thats what what dyslectic is, reading. He will

learn a new way to read without going over it 3 times. The speech might be harder.

as speech therapy is usually done before the age of 10. My teachers tell me it is not

impossible even though Albie's is a bad one. Good luck.

Kay O
Kay O

Caroline, You are definitely a strong woman, and so is your husband Albert. What he said about Albie, something to the effect that if Albie couldn't handle the set back of becoming an attorney (regarding the school incident) then obviously he isn't strong enough to be an attorney. Luckily, Albie was diagnosed with his learning ability at a young age and have encouraging parents. Tell Albie to hang in there. I struggled in school, almost did not graduate from high school. However, through determination, a lot of tutors, and studying longer than most students, I graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts in English from a respected university and then went on to earn a Master's degree in Communications. I just finished my second Master's. My thesis focus was on how to improve a child's self-esteem. A lot of the thesis centers around my own upbringing and the educational difficulties I encountered; therefore, I certainly understand Albie's plight. I am currently pursuing a PhD (at age 53); my family is still amazed. Albie can make it because he has such a great support system. Continue to encourage him and do not allow him to fail.

Thanks for being a great mom and dad.

Kay Ortiz

Nicole W.
Nicole W.

Caroline, you are one of the strongest, most honest & caring woman I know! I have been a fan of "the housewives" since Orange County and have continued faithfully with NY & NJ as well as Atlanta! I will say you ladies are my favorite! I do miss Dina though but she is probaly the smartest to get out when she did! I really think you have it going and you have a great family! Take care & let Albie know he is someone very special and tell him to keep going for his dream-it's there!

 Valerie Sabino
Valerie Sabino

Caroline....kuddos to you and to Albie. He should never give up and fight for his dreams. My daughter also has a learning disability and is bound and determined that nobody in college is going to tell her she can't do something. Give him hugs for us here in Missouri. We all love you and the passion you have for your kids. BTW....as you see by our last name we are Italian and can't find a good Italian bakery here in KC to get canollis to save our soul....any places there that might ship some? Just a thought!!! Keep smilin...Luvs ya!!!

Pamela N.
Pamela N.

Caroline, you're so wonderful. I'd love to hear more about you and your sisters on the show. Take away the crazy Cruella De Staub and get some more fun gals on the show. You and your family are fantastic. I adore the way you support and love them with both toughness and tenderness. Perfect balance by the way, and it's what all good parents try and do. Be well my dear.

Alecia
Alecia

Caroline, I love the way you raise your family and the way you stay out of trouble. The rest of the girls need to follow your footsteps.

Sophia C
Sophia C

Caroline, I felt all out of sorts after this episode, but I wanted to comment on what happen with Albie. I can feel relate to his frustration with school. I'm from an insanely large hispanic family. I'm the first one to go to college and It's hard for my family to understand what my life is like. In elementary school I was diagnosed with dyslexia but because of my hard work, I managed to go through classes normally through high school. My college didn't really care to do much because I had gone through my early school years without any huge problems. I have been in and out of college restlessly for the past 5 years. This year, I was diagnosed with ADHD and while one person who administered the test suggested medical help, another said I was fine, and another suggest counseling. Along with all that they're suggested me working on another academic certificate program but not giving me any additional help for dyslexia or ADHD. My mom and dad try to listen, and support me though it all, but it's hard for them to get what I am feeling. They're from other countries, they've never been to college, and they're doing the best I can, but at the same time, I know I've taken out my stress and frustration on them and my brother. I understand why Albie acted the way he did. It hurts inside. Not just because of the stress of what's going on, but because we're lost in our own heads about what is going on. We can't help but ask if we're on the right path or whats going to happen? It's easy to have dreams, and it's work for them to come true. But when the work is almost blocked by others, it hurts. I'm sure he'll come up from this a champ, but sometimes I know that all one wants is space to deal with the issues. Even if it seems like he's not listening at times (though he doesn't on the show) you're words mean a lot, but we're just doing with our own confusion. I can only hope that I get to be as strong of a woman as you are. You're children are blessed as are you. I enjoy watching you so much. Know that I listen to your words as advice from afar.

jessica marquez
jessica marquez

I have to admit, I really didn't care for you after the end of the first season, but after watching this season I really admire the way you handle yourself. I love how close you are with your family and your kids and I wish albie the best of luck! Also, tell him his sister is a big girl, and he should be glad that she's dating someone that he knows she can trust. :) Anyway, keep being the person that you are and I totally agree with your comments about Teresa, Jaqueline, and Ashley. Take care

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red dirt girl

Caroline, I love you, as I said before you are definitely the matriarch of the bunch, but I mean that in such a good way! You are so oftentimes the voice of reason and you clearly love your family soooo much! I have one 20 year old son and I totally get where you come from with regard to keeping them home, giving love and guidance and preparing them to leave the nest and then the inevitable empty nest. Keep on being that voice of reason and role model for us more "mature" moms. Thanks bunches

Goonielost
Goonielost

Caroline- I watch whenever I can and have been a fan for a while even with the Danielle drama.

When I watch Albie and his struggles with school it reminds me a bit of my own struggles and circumstances. as I watch you and your family it helps me to keep going and not let others stop me from getting what and where I want in life or the happiness I deserve.

the last few years I have come to believe there's a way through whatever life throws at you, thank you and your family for reminding me to not let the drama or others get off track. There was one thing your husband said that sticks out and will always remember regarding Albie, if he gives up on his dream of being a lawyer he probably doesnt deserve it. thank you again.

Luv you!
Luv you!

Please tell your son that we are all behind him 100%. Albie, please don't back down and let someone tell you that you are not good enough to be anything that you want to be!! I hope he will be a wonderful and sucessful lawyer. I hope he will help others who find themselves being bullied by a big name school to get justice!

#1 Nana fm MD
#1 Nana fm MD

Caroline, I just love you and your family! You are a class act!!! God bless you and your family. # 1 Nana fm MD

ariesgirl0hio
ariesgirl0hio

Thank goodness this show has someone like your family in it. May God Bless you all.

Viewer999
Viewer999

Go Caroline!!!

Woman of wisdom please get Danielle off the show. She makes me sick ...really. All of you leave with Dina if Danielle stays...PLEASE!! I can't watch anymore they have just taken this to far. Ashley was just an easy target for Danielle. Like you said "she handed her this on a silver platter".

Good-Bye and Good Luck!! I can not and will not watch anymore (until she is gone)!

annie007
annie007

Caroline - I just wanted to tell you how thrilled I am that Albie can continue on the path he has chosen. It's so hard to watch out children have these roadblocks thrown at them, but when we see them find a way to break through and let nothing deter them from their dreams, it makes us so proud and makes them stronger. I was cheering Albie on and wanted to say 'Congratulations' Albie- go out there and prove that school all wrong. I always say, "Sucess is the best revenge". best to you all, Annie

RC
RC

Caroline, I took a poll of which housewife I was and turns out, I'm you!! I feel for your son. I work in higher education and your son is one of many students that colleges let in with special needs, saying they will provide assistance, then hold the students accountable when resources were not provided. I think you've done a great job with your kids and hope for the best for Albie.

With your niece, Ashley, I know you love her but she's a liar and extremely messy. Her excuse to grab Danielle at the country club was a cop out for her bad behavior. I wish you would step in more to help that situation because her mom is ENTIRELY too passive with her. If you can't step in with Ashley, can you talk more to Jacqueline about putting her foot down?!

Love you for being the voice of reason:-)

*V*
*V*

Caroline,

I think you are a awesome woman and i love how close you and your family are. My family is very close as well and you know what, my family would have done a lot worse to Danielle and would have left us alone. Granted maybe not all the different moves were done in the right way, but ya know what, when someone pushes you to that point its hard not want to go off. I still think your family is awesome and Danielle needs to get a life

marlene3
marlene3

My mom passed away in November and I miss her dearly! Seeing how you are such a loving, caring, protective person when it comes to family or loved ones makes me miss my mom more! I would love to have someone like you in my childrens life!! I just wanted to let you know you are the reason I love the show as much as I do!! Your family and friends are very lucky to have you, and I truly hope they cherish you!!

atabaw
atabaw

Caroline: I understand where your coming from but to try to justify bulling is out of your league and to honest, a bit dissapointing. I still like you but find your reasoning a bit off.

Viewer from Cali
Viewer from Cali

Caroline.....I really do not beilieve that anyone told Ashley that her mother was hit by Danielle. I think she just used that as an excuse to get at Danielle. I wish all of you would just stop giving her so much energy, then maybe she will go away. Thanks for not "siding" with Teresa just because she is your friend. One more thing, there is NEVER a motive for what Teresa did. She was dead wrong, period.

jackie echols
jackie echols

Caroline i cant belive u r defending Ashley wow u know she was just wrong. Then 4 her 2 use the excuse she thought someone harmed my mother please u guys look bad on this one

hydranga
hydranga

Caroline...........come on now.....Ashley was wrong...I don't care for Danielle but you people chase her as much as she chases you.......I don't understand why you keep talking about her even when she's not around.

I think you all need to find a hobby

Let Dogs Be Dogs
Let Dogs Be Dogs

You are my favorite housewife but please please please tell me that your german shepards don't spend their life in that cage, only let out once in awhile. Having freedom of movement restricted is absolute torture for a dog. It's not unlike a human being forced to spend all day in your pantry, without the food! Dogs should be dogs not prisoners.

Dogs should be crated for short times only and, especially with a life as luxurious as yours, should be allowed to be with the very thing they live for, YOU. In addition, a caged dog can ONLY be hurt, they can never defend. They might make you feel safe, but they will be miserable, sad, frustrated and suffering if they are confined. Check out www.dogsdeservebetter.org for more info.

And, if I'm wrong, then thank goodness and you are still my favorite housewife.

viewer AAA
viewer AAA

Congrats to Albie and Caroline ur are an amazing person WOW what a mom love love love u

kim chi
kim chi

Caroline you are so special and you have the best family your son Albie let him know to keep his head up stay strong you will make it through all of your tribulations you will succeed my son also has a learning disability and was told very difficult things because of that but I let him know that I believe in him and he has to believe in himself I would tell him everyday that I love him and that he will be ok and now he is in school junior college and working a fulltime job doing what he wanted to do and after school he will do what he want to do which is real estate and I will be there behind him all the way so I believe your son is so lucky to have a mother like you God Bless You!!!!!!!

Special Education Teacher
Special Education Teacher

Although I'm not a fan of the show (the drama is a bit overwhelming), I came across the show while flipping through channels. I happened to come across the show while your son was telling you that he had been asked to leave law school. Excuse me!!! I am a special education teacher working with elementary aged students who have mild to moderate learning disabilities. I am very surprised that there is a school out there that does not recognize or provide any modifications for students with learning disabilities. Do they not know Mark Branson (owner of Virgin Airlines) or Tom Cruise or Walt Disney. All of these people have led very successful lives despite their learning disabilities. Have your son go to www.ldanatl.org and browse through the "For Adults" section. There he will find information about his civil rights. Please also tell your son that his mother is absolutely correct. He can do whatever he wants. He might have to work twice as hard as others, but he can achieve his goals. I see it happen all the time. My best to you and your son. Debbie Robak-Nutter Special Education Teacher - Fontana Unified School District - California

Susan Moore
Susan Moore

Caroline, I have to say this concerning Albie. Why should he get special treatment from any school. All of the other students have to work their butts off to get through law school and if he cannot get through school, how do you think he is going to pass the bar exam? Do you expect special treatment there also.

I think if he does not have the mental capacity to make it through law school he should go to work for his dad.

NewYorkxox1213
NewYorkxox1213

Caroline, I wanna just say i wish the best of luck to Albie, and that what they told him about not being a lawyer is horrible and they will regret it when he is a bigtime lawyer because there is no doubt in my mind that he will be a one.