In an effort not to out myself too much, I do enjoy a few of the Real Housewife franchises as a guilty pleasure; and I did check out the Real Housewives of Potomac when it recently premiered. Admittedly, I don’t think that I will stick with this particular franchise. I’m more a fan of the California housewives since I did live there and we do spend a great deal of time in Orange County – I enjoy seeing the ladies in restaurants we frequent (and I really enjoy Lisa Vanderpump in Bev Hills, so I stick with her). The Real Housewives of Potomac, though, was interesting. The ladies all see like a group of women who are intelligent and know what they want in life, but we did learn a few things from them on the premier episode that might or might not make you want to stick with the program, too.
These ladies adore their etiquette
You know how someone uses a phrase so often at times that it grates your nerves and sticks with you no matter what you do? Well, that’s what happened on this premiere. These ladies have an obsession with the world “Etiquette,” to the point that I began to wonder if there was a fee per use that they get anytime they can organically use the world in a sentence. They love to talk about Potomac etiquette. However, they do seem to forget to actually apply it to their lives, so it seems that their actions are speaking much louder than their words around these parts. They love to discuss etiquette, but they forget to actually use it. Perhaps they need a reminder.
We learned with absolute certainty that if you are in the home of a friend, you absolutely must not even consider going upstairs while simultaneously calling the name of the friend who lives there. Perhaps one – who was invited to come early and help with the set up and party planning – should simply sit quietly and wait while her friend (who is not even ready yet) continues to ignore her guests upstairs. But please, do not call her name as you walk up the stairs of her home. It does not meet with proper Potomac etiquette – if whispering her name while walking upstairs is acceptable, we don’t know about that.
Potomac is everything
You probably knew before this show premiered that it was somewhere near the D.C. area and that it was a little place that people lived. You did not know, however, that this is the most important place in the entire world – ever. These ladies, fortunately, did not allow the world to forget that Potomac is like the Vatican, only better since it’s far more important since it’s their hometown and they own it. Now you know; do not ever assume that anywhere is more important than this place somewhere around D.C. because these ladies will talk to you about etiquette in thinking that anything is better.
Divorce is not what it seems
This is a group of women who are largely divorced from their husbands. Of the new ladies, three are divorced and that’s a big number for a group of housewives (also kind of an oxymoron, is it not?). However, we certainly learned that divorce does not actually or necessarily mean that you are no longer a couple. Sure, you have an official piece of paper that dictates that your former official piece of paper that dictates your marriage to one another is no longer valid, but that’s just a minor detail. In fact, sometimes it has nothing to do with anything. Robyn was once married to a man by the name of Juan Dixon, a professional basketball player. However, after their divorce they made the decision to continue to live together and share a bed. So, divorce means nothing.
Language is very important
We already learned that etiquette is everything so long as you discuss it but do not apply it to any part of your life. One of the most important lessons we learned during this interesting premiere is that there is a formal dinner party language that cannot be changed, altered or discussed in any manner. Most importantly, we learned that apparently it is just fine and perfectly within Potomac etiquette rules to discuss feminine lady parts at the dinner table so long as you use the proper term to describe your lady parts. Use the wrong term and you are the social outcast of the season. So, ladies, remember to use the medical term, mmmkay?
Growing up on a farm is a bad thing
In the real world of Potomac, which is not that far from the country, by the way, growing up on a farm is a terrible ordeal. According to Gizelle, it’s awful and it’s not nearly as good as having a legacy. Because a family with a farm that helps to sustain and support the environment and the good health of the people in their community is not a legacy; it’s a farm. A legacy is a long history of people who pass down their names and importance from generation to generation. Her father is a pretty important man who means a lot to the history of the country, and she feels as if that is far better than being a farmer’s daughter. Because, you know, what do farmer’s contribute to society?
Socialite living is hard work
This is something we learned from the very fabulous Katie. She assures us that while there are so many things that are difficult in the world, being a socialite is not silly or, as I believe she referred to it, vapid; it’s actually hard work. Unlike jobs like teaching and being a doctor, being a socialite is just difficult. It requires always having good hair that has to be done all the time, makeup on perfectly at all times, and just the right shoes. It also means socializing with people you might not find particularly in tune to your tastes, which is just abhorrent.
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