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I'm Happy

Lauri Waring explains why she'll be smiling a lot more this season.

By Lauri Peterson


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I was asked recently about the main difference between this season and last season of Real Housewives. And my answer has to be that I'm happy. I'm so happy and at peace with my life now. I'm really excited to see a whole new journey ahead of me.

A lot of it is George. My first date with him was a blind date that was set up by a mutual friend and her husband. I had only had one blind date before that one. I dreaded going on this one. I was an hour and a half late, I was hoping to scare him. But I showed up and he was still there. It was one of those things where my walls were so high that I wasn't letting anybody into my life — least of all a man on a blind date. And I started talking to George and everything I threw out there, he would throw one back. His stories were bigger and better than mine. And after the first hour, we came together in this unique way and I knew I had something. There was a connection I hadn't experienced in many years. From the moment we met, we've seen each other every day since.

And so I enjoy my role as "mother duck." I always saw myself as having a bunch of kids. And the way my life worked out, three was all that I could put out in the timeframe I had, so I'm thrilled to death that there are so many more. And the good news is that for every kid George has, I have one about the same age. George has four kids and I have three. So they have a buddy system, which is nice. (Except for one. She's fine though, she always has a friend with us — so it's like having eight kids sometimes.)

I am bound to get some questions about Josh, so let me say this. I have high hopes for him. I hope that he can step up to the plate, and become the man that his age represents. I think he continues owning up to his responsibility, and becoming the man that he's capable of being. I hope he stays away from drugs. I hope that he can stay away from the people who help him get into trouble. He's enrolled in Saddleback Junior College. And I hope that he maintains it, gets a job, figures out some responsibility. Here's my hope for my son: I want to see him smile. And I want to see him succeed and happy. I want him to fit into the family.

In this first episode, there's a moment when Slade calls me on the phone. All I have to say about this is that I have no idea what his intentions are. I'm confused. I don't know what my role in this was. And so he called, I was confused and baffled by his continued contact. I was definitely not interested in invest any further in that drama. I've learned my lesson there.

But overall, I'll say this about being a "Real Housewife:" In looking at our whole family, it just seems like we were made for one another. Watching the episode and seeing how much in love we are, how genuine it is. I'm really looking forward to the future. George and I missed out on the last 20 years of each other's lives, so we're really looking forward to the next 50.

Thanks for watching everyone. I'll catch up with you next week!

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