This week I’m writing the blog early since our book, Little Kids, Big City, is coming out! On Monday Simon and I closed the NASDAQ, the book launched Tuesday and we are off and running with signings in NY and NJ all week until we head to LA on 4/13. You can check out mccordvankempen.com for pictures, book tour information and to order a copy! With that said, let’s get to episode 6, where we start on the Brooklyn Bridge with Bethenny taking a ride on what she called the Ramonacoaster.
Lordy, all Simon and I did was agree to meet the girls for brunch! We coordinated coffee and tea and things at Almondine, a really cute bakery right under the bridge. Ramona and Bethenny showed up looking like they’d gone three rounds with Mike Tyson, complete with ear gnawing. They were both trying to put on a happy face but had we known then just how intense it was on the bridge perhaps we’d have taken more drastic measures of distraction, like dunking them in the river or putting on a mime act or something. Watching the conversation on the bridge I was relieved that Ramona did realize she was mouthing off and not listening to Bethenny – she dialed it back and kept Bethenny from either jumping or throwing her off the bridge.
Moving right along past the slumber party and flatulent dog, we met at Simon’s and my good friend Cory’s agency to cast for Loris Diran’s show. The three of us actually met at a Bravo party but became friends in real life, and I was so happy the network allowed us to cross-pollinate a little (and I’m writing this on his birthday!) So before the committee arrived Bethenny and I talked. For some reason she and I are always pretty raw with each other, and although most of the time the viewers have seen us discussing things going on with her, it does go both ways.
That conversation touched me so deeply – when I understood that her dad was still lucid and would be able to know she was there, I really wanted B to go and tell him everything she had to say. I wasn’t just giving blind support either – my father suffered from Alzheimers, but in the end he died very unexpectedly of a heart attack. There are things to this day I wished I could have shared with him and that’s where the “go clear the air” pep talk came from. Although I loved my father so very, very much, that disease did its dirty work and by the time of his death I felt wronged by him and didn’t trust what he said anymore, so I could relate to Bethenny’s non-relationship with her dad. Even if you think you can’t stand someone in your family, it still feels like being hit in the face with a two by four when you lose, or realize you’re going to lose them. I was sorry to hear when she got back from that trip that he hadn’t been willing to see her.