Hello again! It’s been a while. Sorry for not blogging last week, I was out of town. For those of you who watched, I hoped you enjoyed it!
I’m sitting here at my computer and I’m having a bit of a struggle trying to get my thoughts together. Within the past month parts of our nation have endured wild fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, devastating floods, and today marks the tenth anniversary of 9/11/01, a day that forever changed this country and continues to affect so many.
I want to share a story with you regarding a fan encounter that I had yesterday. I was doing an appearance in New Jersey with my husband, kids, and Jacqueline. A woman came up to me with a beautiful young girl by her side. I did the usual thank you for watching photo op, and the woman pulled me aside and started to cry. She began to explain to me that she had lost her husband in the Twin Towers on 9/11 and that the young girl beside her was her daughter. I looked over at the young girl and she had tears in her eyes. I guess she knew what her mom was telling me, and then she smiled. Her mom told me that meeting us was just the diversion she needed to make a very difficult day somewhat bearable for her daughter. She then thanked me and hugged me.
I love you Caroline. You remind me of my parents, grandparents,aunts, uncles, and other people I look up to.
Thanks for the awesome post. :)
Thanks for understanding that we're living real lives out here.. we enjoy watching your show. I'm a fellow Jersey girl who has in no particular order in the last 2 weeks: lost electrical power for 3 days, had partial basement flooding and a roof leak, and finally reflected on fellow Jersey folks lost on 9/11. So I took a deep breath and watched you all tonite and got a few laughs. Now could you ask Greggie to lay off Milania and Gia on his Twitter.. it's cruel to go after little girls. He'll listen to you! Thanks Caroline for a great, timely blog.
Beautiful thoughts from a wonderful woman! Thank you for sharing your life, good and bad with so many!
I just watched tonight's episode and decided that I had to finally register and leave a comment for you. There was a part in the episode with your daughter where she says that she is not happy with the way that she looks. She has made that statement in several episodes. I just have to tell u in hopes that u will pass this along to her that she is a gorgeous woman and it breaks my heart that she feels that way about herself.
Thank you for sharing your story. And I certainly appreciate the chance to be distracted from my own reality for even that hour each week.
And I thank you! That one hour away makes me laugh, cry, feel happiness, feel proud, get angry and realize that no matter how much money one has, we all have the same issues and the same family love and family problems. I really wish I knew you all personally because you look like so much fun to be around.
I think you wrote a very touching "blog" for 9/11 . Very moving. I also thought that tonights episode was a happy/sad one. You are always my fav. to watch because you tell it like you see it and how you feel it and you arent afraid to stand up for what is right to you and to stand up for those you love, and you also have an amazingly rare ability to admit when you have been wrong or if you dont know something. New Jersey housewives has given me a totally different perspective on that side of the country since I live in the Pacific Northwest and things are very different if you have money out here! It is very interesting to see how you live! Tonight I laughed at all of you women, and I also rolled my eyes at the guys talking, and I cant believe that I even teared up at the scene of Gia singing at the pizza party. Parents that are into drama dont always realize, and they certainly dont intend , to hurt their children and burden them with adult issues and fractions.....it was heartbreaking, but you called it like you saw it and it made me think that you are a wonderful mother. One last thing....your daughter with her boyfriend was HILARIOUS tonight in the kitchen. She is so precious. One day she hopefully will be able to see how pretty and attractive she truly is! It must be hard to be on television at her age and surrounded by glitz and glamour. She makes it "real" to ALL of the (majority )of girls out there who also have the same issues these days and it is appreciated! Cant wait to see next week!
I watched tonights episode and decided that I had to register to leave u a comment. Your daughter said in this episode along in other episodes that she doesn't like the way she looks. I have to tell u that she is beautiful and it breaks my heart that she feels this way about her. I hope u will pass that along to her thank you.
I can relate to the family tension. My husband and I haven't talked to his side of the family in about 2 yrs. His mom has degraded me on facebook and has disrepected me numerous times. No one in his family treat me like I'm a part of the family. So my husband and I have decided to keep to ourselves and not deal with them at all. Its hard. I don't want to be in the company of people that don't repect me.
Caroline, That was simply amazing! Keep doing what you're all doing. People have the option to watch or not watch. And it's quite clear that those who watch are happy watching!
thank you, you are an amazing group of woman , i belive you are the rock, and i enjoy watching the real house wifes of New Jersey, your show brings me happiness, id love to hear your talk show if your still doing it but i live in denver , not sure how i can unless i could find it on the internet?? i will be a fan of yours for life ..... best wishes and god bless you all ..
Amen Sister!!!!! It takes a real woman to be herself and not what society thinks she should be. My Mother taught me to ALWAYS be yourself, and now I am teaching my daughter that same thing. Keep it up, and what a compliment for that woman to share her story with you.
Thank you caroline for a beautiful blog, I am a flight attendant for AA and I'm from ny so today was extremely hard for me. I needed to turn my emotions elsewhere, what really put a huge smile and gut wrenching laugh in me was Christopher,albie,lauren and Greg!! I love them their chemistry and comments are hysterical. So thank you again guys tonight I will sleep with a smile on my face :)
Hello Caroline, I have to say, so much of what is aired on RHONJ is such immature and ridiculous behaviors for grown ups. With all that is going on in the world, it is amazing that such fortunate people argue in such a manner. I have to say however, that your sons are such sweet, kind, well mannered, decent boys. You have much to be proud of. You raised 3 beautiful people. I saw them on Millioniare Matchmaker as well. They are both such genuine boys. I wish I was a little younger :) (lol AND I live in Franklin Lakes). Just wanted to tell you that. If your family were not on the show, I dont think I would tune in every week. Keep up the good work.
Caroline, that's nice what you wrote but has nothing to do with the show. It was mean the way you and your family talked about Teresa. We get it, the Gorgas and Wikes kiss your butts and you chose sides. Now that you've watched the show and see that they are very manipulative, liars, and instigators, I hope your ashamed of yourself for choosing sides instead of staying neutral.
And quit being so judgemental. You are not better than anyone.
I want to thank you so much for being the level headed one on the show I absolutly love u guy I am a restaurant owner in Naples Fl and I love ur husbands work ethic I am the same way I would like to invite you and your family to My restaurant call Trail Cafe and Grill in Naples Fl. Please keep being u on the show and guide Teresa the right way so the family can be together with no drama and kids not crying. No one should be crying at a birthday Thank u again
Caroline, First of all let me say "Thank You." Thank you to you and your family, thank you for sharing your lives with us and making us laugh and cry. I love watching you and your family because it reminds me of my family and how no matter how much we fight we are still always there for each other and manage to laugh through it. I think the reason the Housewives of NJ is my favorite housewives show is because you are REAL. You're the most down to earth family on the Housewives series and I really respect that. Another reason I love your family is because I LOVE food, and to cook. Your Christmas Eve dinner was so close to the Christmas Eve dinner we go too at my Cousins house, great memories and good times.
Again, I'd like to say thanks and I wish you and your family the best. God Bless you ALL.
By the way, I love that your son Chris is so into his food (we're basically the same lol) I think that's why I have a crush on him, too bad he's not gay. Damn! lol
what an awesome woman you are! Your are the matriarch of the Manzo family, by watching one episode anyone can just see it! I hope that the Gorga and the Guduice family could see how much sense you make and how you are a family in the good and the bad. Sometimes family is ALL we have. I was raised by my Grandmother who had 16 kids, we lost her this last christmas and she was the glue that held us together. Since the day we lost her I feel like I have lost my whole family. So I know from experience.
Much love to your and your family and all of the New Jersey Housewives!
Caroline,you always seem to be the voice of reason. I love the show but the viewers don't get to see everything. I like the fact that this show is more real even with the big houses and money. All of you are still human and show true emotions and feelings everyday. I've had brushes with death many times with my health,issues with money,my children and confrontations with others,just like you. I applaud you and your family for keeping it really "real" I adore Lauren and I was sad when she mentioned her weight and how she looks. I do that daily but hearing her say that and seeing how truly beautiful she is inside and out,made me think twice that maybe people think the same about me than I do too. Much love to your wonderful family and God Bless!
Caroline...I wish I could say that thru your insane world... makes me happier....because it does not....I know we live in a mayhem world and thru our every day struggles we try our very best to teach our children to treat others with kindness...but as I suspected, all in the Manzo family is not normal. I have always told my children if you cant say anything nice about people then dont say it all!!!! DURING THE CAR RIDE WITH JACKIE YOU WERE MAKING FUN OF TERESA....YOUR BOYS AND DAUGHTER WERE MAKING FUN OF TERESA...Iam very disappointed in your self righteous behavior this season and your kids act and behave the same way you do....it is just dysfuntional and sad....does that make you and your children feel better about yourselves?
I love you Caroline! I look forward to every show, but mostly to watch you and your family. I think you, Jacqueline, and Kathy have such great families. You are REAL, and I can relate to the things you say, and do. The other people on the show are somewhat unrealistic and fake to a certain degree. You are the woman that everyone wants for their Mom, Sister, Daughter, Friend, whatever...you are the best. Thank you for all that you say and do that Inspires me every week! and Al...well, he's pretty smart himself! Your a wonderful couple..that scene where he gave you the ring where he had originally proposed to you, made me cry. It was so touching. I love how you relate to your kids! Our last child just left the nest...and it's been fairly tough to adjust to. I really related to you when the boys left...and that bracelet you had made for the three of them for Christmas...brought a lump to my throat. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
God Bless you, Al, and your kids today and always.
With love and appreciation, Patti Palmer
Mrs.Manzo, Please inform your daugther Lauren that she is beautifuland progressive in her career chioce. So stop dissing herself and hold her head high. Gerard
I love what you wrote. It is unbelievable that Teresa's daughter wrote the song that she sang tonight about being hurt and unsure. It was just the right thing that needed to be said on the 10th anniversary of our one of the biggest moments that reshaped our history. She said let it go and act like it. In the scheme of things and with others are going through, we never know when our last moment with someone will be. Time to let go and choose to be happy in our circumstances. God bless.
Hi Caroline, I just saw the show tonight - (9/11). You just shared your conversation with a person who lost her husband in 9/11/2001. You have a gift Caroline. More than anything I see integrity, strength and a whole lot of determination. People need to be around human beings that are in control of their lives as you are. People will always go to you for advise. Also, they see the wonderful family you have and they probably wonder, how can my family and myself can get to where you and your family are now? I believe it is a lot of work throughout the entire life. Gia's song makes me so sad and really worried. Children should not have in their shoulders the adult's problems. I also saw Lauren saying that she does not feel good because she says she is fat and will always be fat and that is why she does not like the way she looks. She is a beautiful girl. She has her father's features. Beautiful eyes, her hair and her smile are wonderful. Why doesn't she sees that? She needs to work with that perception she has of herself.
God Bless you, your Husband and your Children,
Yolanda Garcia-Berdecia San Juan, Puerto Rico
Thank you all NJ Housewives,as you said it everyone of us can relate to at least one of you ladies,from Jacquline and her daughter Ashley to Teresa and her brother,Bravo to all of you.
You are a amazing woman and I feel a kinship with you. I know that sounds strange since you have no clue who i am. I am a women with a husband and 4 boys who live paycheck to paycheck and to watch you I never feel anthing but your equil. Some of the other women make it like if you don't have the money they have your scum so I thank you so much for making me feel ak about me and my family. I watch the show for you and yes I so yell at the tv when I need to. Do you hear me. hahaha
Caroline, can't you girls do something about Teresa. The show has become a real soap opera and is no longer entertaining. To watch little Gia cry as she did was so heartbreaking. Teresa and "Juicy Joe" BOTH NEED TO GROW UP. I was against Melissa and Joe in the beginning but now I see they are really trying. Teresa is her own WORST ENEMY. Lots of luck if you do decide to help.
I just want to let you know that tonight i was watching the show on cbs about 9-11. I switched to the rhonj. I will finish watching the 9-11 show at some time but, i want you to know how happy i was to relax [somewhat] in your human silliness. I wish all of you guys the best of luck. you are all far above the money level that i am but, the issue's are the same.
great blog about 9/11 .... about the show tonight .... it gets harder and harder to watch you. Love your family, and think you are a great mom ... but I just don't understand your attitude toward Teresa. You are a woman who has the nerve to throw guests out of other people's parties .... I can't help but wonder how you would react if one of your sister-in-laws (along with your own cousin) joined the show to bash you. WATCH OUT!!! Try to walk a mile in Teresa's shoes ... seriously. Enough already
You are an amazing person Caroline. Thank you and all of the housewives for letting us into your your lives - the good and the bad. No household is perfect - thank you all for having the guts to be yourselves. God bless each of you and your families.
your a great person & mom ... dont change .. you are the voice of reason amongs the rest of the insane housewives of new jersey .. only thing i would like to say is.. have a little compassion and patience with teresa.. i know your family is tight knit and close ... but the reality of it is... not every family is the same ..&& thats something you need to understand .. melissa .. kathy .. and joe gorga is just as much to blame in everything as much as teresa.. dont just look at one side ...
Caroline thanks for your blog tonight. I read it and it made me feel a little better. I have been watching 9/11 stories today and crying most of the day as I did that day. My son is currently deployed and will be home in December after a 7 month tour. My daughter also serves and safely returned from Iraq. Watching Housewives yes can be silly at times but it does get me out of my reality for a while and I appreciate it. Thank you again and God Bless Our Troops!
A few hrs ago my husband and I discussed the fact that beautiful Gia in the first season was so happy and excited about their new home, her modeling at the fashion show life in general. Theresa encouraged Gia to pursue her dreams and she was always laughing, singing amd dancing. This season she seems so sad and stressed.......THE TEARS STREAMED DOWN MY FACE as we watched Gia sing a song to Theresa and her brother Joe. My heart broke tonight thinking about a young child being the Angel ..the peacemaker, the rational and kind little person who should be thinking about her friends, dancing, singing and laughing. I agree with Melissa .. Gia should know nothing about this ridiculous feud. If we live to be 100yrs old it is a blink of a eye compared to all of eternity...Time to get whats important on the table.... Thank God fo4 pretty Gia and Caroline u r terrific..move over 101.5 Gia may have that chair of yours.. God Bless. Louise fr CT ..Luv the show and your new look is dazzling keep buying those beautiful clothes u deserve them..portion control..right?he left a few days ago for 18mths.....I say with all my heart nothing I have been thru could match the pain that little girl is experiencing.
I look up to you Caroline. You see good in everyone. God Bless you and your Family. I Lost my identical twin on 9-2-2010, my fav Uncle in March and my Dad in May. Been a tough year. You are the Highlight of my Sundays. To get to see you and your loving Husband, puts a smile on a lot of faces. You are an Old and wise Sole. I see it in your eyes. God Bless
Caroline--Thank you for speaking the truth and for letting us in on your life! we only see one hour of the show per episode, but we know you guys are being filmed endlessly and to be honest, i don't know many of us that could handle it with the pureness and grace that you do! Yes, all the housemates are amazing in their own ways, but i don't believe anyone has any reason to judge you or them. You, in my opinion, are the most level headed. you are strong when you need be, protective, and loving. What i love most about your family is the respect that you, your husband, and children, have for one another. Your visit with the 9/11 widow should be a testament to what a wonderful job you are doing reaching out to all of us (via the show) who seek an hour of "normalacy" Please keep up the great work, we do apperciate all the sacrafices you are making. and.. please tell Lauren not to be so hard on herself (i didn't see it in my 20's but am so much more comfortable with who i am now-tell her to love herself and be happy..everything else will fall into place..trust me on this one! xoxo
thank you for sharing your ups and downs so we can forget our crud for an hour. You're good peeps Caroline.
Your "out of town" excuse/reason for not blogging last week is insulting Caroline. Give us the true reason or do not even mention it at all. You managed to blog & post to your website & tweet. You have some type of device with you - a phone, laptop, tablet etc... - everywhere. We all do these days. You could have typed up something in 5 minutes or less & you know it. Very disappointing.
Caroline I love how u take up for your family. Especially Danielle, I didn't like her from day one. Keep up your truths & beliefs. There"s not many out there like u. I would be pleased to call u friend.
Caroline, Tell me why you feel that you and your family have the right to constantly talk behind Teresa's back? Wasn't it Teresa who stepped up to the plate for your family when Danielle was causing such division last year? And with that statement in mind, maybe the reason behind your lack of mercy is because Teresa and Jacqueline apologized to Danielle at the reunion and now you have a personal vendetta - because why else would you kick someone who has obviously been through so much pain in the last year because of her husband's mistake - not her own. One example ... there are too many to mention was your family's lack of compassion tonight in their vehicle as they were traveling and "joking???" to the charity event was appalling as they considered the different titles of a new book!!! I'm sure that Bravo is probably expecting that it is just a matter of time before your own children begin to disappoint you. With your daughter soon heading to the altar, let's see how well you behave when your daughter, her new husband, and your grandchild start spending too much time at the in-laws. And what if the same thing happens when your oldest and most favorite child marries? (I bet Teresa won't get a kick out any pain you could experience with in-law problems. Shame on you!! Especially the way you have rubbed off on your own children ... they are constantly quick to belittle others ---- even their own cousin Ashley. I admit that Ashley is no prize at this time - but she is Jacqueline's daughter. I have NEVER heard Jacqueline say a bad word about your children! Actually, all of you should take some lessons from Jacqueline and her husband. Not only is she the most loving and compassionate person that is on the show, but she is fiercely loyal to her friends - and kind and considerate even to those who have disappointed her. I think Bravo either needs to change the show's name to the Nasty Caroline Manzo Show or you need to remember that the show was suppose to be entertaining - not heart wrenching to watch. Teresa's brother was heartless at the Christening by calling his only sister "garbage" - but it seems like he learned by his mistake and has steadily tried to improve. Although his wife Melissa is still always trying to start trouble, - manipulating at every opportunity. It's sad how his own parents can see this, (parents usually can), but Joe is blind to his wife Melissa's sneaky behavior. And by the way, would you like her as much as you do if your own sons didn’t like her. They seem to be able to influence you as well. How sad! Teresa is holding grudges, but have any of you actually had the decency to figure out that if your husband was arrested, had a lawsuit brought against him, your only brother publicly called you garbage, family members and your friends talked behind your back .... your anger could become misdirected and senseless as Teresa's. She needs a friend ... and maybe a hug. Grow-up Caroline and quit giving advice if you don't live by it. You are constantly trying to show the viewers how tough you are - one season you state you will never forgive Danielle, another you start off disliking Kathy. Stop and go back to the fun loving Caroline we loved and miss so much! Elijah