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Sliding Doors

Caroline explains why she can relate to Kathy's mother's story.

By Caroline Manzo

Hello, everyone! It seems like I hit the send key on last week's blog five minutes ago, but here I am writing a new one. It’s already July, I hope everyone is having a wonderful start to his or her summer, and if you’re in this heat on the East Coast, stay cool! Also I want to send out my best wishes to all those affected by the fires out west and the flooding down south, stay safe!

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Speaking of time going by quickly, I generally keep away from the negative in my blogs, because what you are watching right now happened over a year ago, and to me it’s ancient history. But every now and again I need to say something. I did last week, and here I am again this week (I hope this is the last time), so here goes -- there is no way on the planet am I going to buy that Kathy didn’t support Rosie when she came out. Look at the body language between them; love is love, acceptance is acceptance. There’s no denying it when you watch them together. This tabloid thing is a little exhausting too, and I have a feeling we haven’t seen the last of that. I shall reserve comments for later on that one.

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I felt so bad for Kathy’s mom as she recalled the story from her childhood. She’s a good woman with a kind heart, and I love to see her interacting with her family. My husband's grandmother was also given to a family when she was a baby for the same reasons -- crazy, right? I feel like Kathy and I have a lot of parallels in our lives, maybe that’s why we connect the way we do. As a little did you know: Albert told me his grandmother suggested that his mom and dad give him to his aunt and uncle when he was a baby, because they didn’t have children. His mother said no and jokingly said Al was “the best one” and she wasn’t giving him away. So shout out to my mother-in-law for keeping Al in Jersey! I guess that was common practice for our grandparents' generation, who knows, but kudos to Kathy’s mom for telling her story.

Jacqueline struggled with sending Ashlee out on her own, and I can’t imagine the fear and heartache she experienced letting her go. She knows Ashlee needed tough love, and it couldn’t have been easy watching Ashlee move to California with no plan while giving her the independence that she desperately wanted. Tough love is always tougher on the parent, wouldn’t you agree? Ashley is doing fine and seems to have made a life for herself with new friends and a job doing what she loves. Jac and Ashley are getting along better than ever, can’t ask for more than that!

See you guys next week!

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