...of the 31-Day Blog Challenge - A TV show you're currently addicted to.
Oh, this is easy - Sister Wives:
If you haven't seen it or heard of it, it's a reality show on TLC. I'm so obsessed with it!!! It's on every Sunday night at nine, and if we're not home then (which we usually are), I totally record it.
Kay. So this man, Cody Brown, has four wives. He lives/lived (they're showing previews that the family moved recently) in Lehi, Utah. When I think of polygamists, I usually think of those fundamentalists who live in Southern Utah and have those pastel-colored pioneer dresses and wear their hair really weirdly. But these guys wear normal clothes and hair. I know they're an offshoot of the LDS religion, but I'm not sure what they call themselves.
I remember seeing previews for the show and saying, "Oh, what a pervert. That makes me so mad. He's using these women. And what is wrong with these women?? Do they have no self-esteem??" But when I watched that first episode, my eyes were opened. These people were so normal! These women could be my friends. And I didn't feel like he's a pervert. I really feel like this is part of his and his wives' religion, that they are trying to live their faith. They believe that this lifestyle is correct. They're just trying to be good people.
In every other aspect, they are soooo normal. They laugh and joke and struggle to make ends meet, just like everyone else. It's just that they share a husband. I couldn't do it. No way, no how. The jealousy would kill me.
It's weird - their vernacular is the same as the vernacular in the mainstream LDS culture. They refer to God as "Heavenly Father." They pray the same way. They have a lot of the same beliefs as I do. When I'm watching the show, sometimes I feel like I'm watching a regular LDS family. And then I remember that they're all sharing one man.
The wives in this show are fantastic. I really like all of them. They're good people. I think my favorite one is Meri, the first wife (she's wearing red in the picture above). She is really funny. But I also like Christine (blue shirt), because I have a lot in common with her - she stays at home and takes care of a billion kids and does all the cooking. And she's very down-to-earth. Janelle (brown vest) is the working mom who pays bills and budgets and kind of works with Cody on how to afford everything. And she's very chill. I really like her, too.
Pooh and I were having an animated discussion about this show (she is also obsessed with it); we were trying to decide which one is Cody's "favorite." We both think that his current "favorite" is his newest wife, Robyn (in the floral print shirt). Obviously. But I think his second favorite is Meri.
A little factoid for ya - Cody used to be regular, mainstream LDS. He went on an LDS mission. Then he converted to this faith after he came home. Janelle used to be mainstream LDS, too. Cody's parents converted to this faith, and so did Janelle's mom. And then Janelle's mom married Cody's dad! Very interesting.
Anyways. Sorry I've gone on and on about this. I just really love it! I got the impression that there were going to be a couple of weeks of reruns starting tomorrow, and that makes me sad. I'm interested to see what causes them to move - I know they were under investigation from the police there in Lehi/Utah. Sad that they had to leave their home and all of their friends. I wonder where they moved to.