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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

An Open Letter to Jon and Kate Gosselin.

Dear Jon and Kate,

Because having cable television and TLC is a somewhat new luxury for our family, I only recently came to know the Gosselin family.

And quickly fell in love.

What's not to like about watching six adorable little ones, their older siblings and a very real mom and dad.

Don't get me wrong, there have been many a time that I have watched and winced at the sharp tones in the voices between the two of you, however I realize that sometimes we all get inpatient, short and just plain rude to the ones closest to us. Especially our spouse.

I am late to the Jon and Kate bandwagon, but because of this I've only seen re-runs. Old episodes where the family was living paycheck to paycheck, with Jon working all week only to come home and send Kate out the door to do her weekend nursing job. I've seen the episodes where you two seem humbled by generosity and are trying to live as normal lives as possible. And now I've seen the episodes where it seems everything that ever mattered to you both is long gone.

I am very sad.

One of the things that really sucked me into your show was some of their earlier episodes where you've talked about your faith and I can so clearly see that you have your priorities straight.

Praying together before surgeries, Bible verses throughout the house, and even at times, religious apparel.

Monday's season premiere was heartwrenching. The both of you claim to be doing everything for the kids and your reason for even doing the show is to document things for your kids. You do realize that your kids will watch Monday night's show ten years from now and not be impressed, right?

You do realize that it seems awkward, selfish and just plain childish to air a show like that?

I realize that I am not you. I am some viewer seeing only what TLC has aired and what I'm hearing from the outside media. (Or like you call them Kate, the paparazzi) But I am so disheartened by what it seems that tv, fame and fortune seems to have done to your family.

Yes, you have a beautiful home. A beautiful family. (The two of you are looking fabulous yourselves.)

Opportunities to do every thing you could ever want. But anyone can see that what the two of you have together, is crumbling.


If I were your friend and able to sit face to face with you I would ask you about your seemingly diminishing faith. I'd tell you to slow down, sit down and get on the same page again.

If you truly, truly want what is best for those amazing miracles of yours, then you will stop playing immature games and work on figuring things out.

Maybe that means cancelling the show.
Maybe that means life won't be so luxurious.
Maybe that means in the end, your marriage will survive.

Or maybe it doesn't.

Regardless, the draw of your show is that you are a family that is different than the other soap opera tabloid television out there. The two of you still have that opportunity to be different.

Because you were different. But somewhere along the line, between the tapings, the interviews, the book signings and everything else you call your "work", it seems to have gotten lost.

Stop airing your dirty laundry.
Get back to the basics.
Remember where you came from.

And I can almost guarantee in the long run, you'll be happier, healthier and your kids will thank you.

Just some random viewer who cares and likes to think it's about more than just the ratings,


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just had a chance to watch it tonight Samara. I 1000% agree! Just goes to show what happens when you lose focus on what really matters in life. Faith. Love. Family.

Amy Wenell

May 26, 2009 at 10:48 PM  
Anonymous Cyndy said...

I totally agree. They are not the same family that started the show. Kate seems addicted to the media and I can't believe how she was acting at the birthday party in the show. (Mike has another word that he calls her, but not really appropriate to post.) :) Really, lady? Anywhoo...I can't wait to see what Monday's episode has in store.

May 27, 2009 at 7:09 AM  
Blogger The Petersons said...

I totally agree! It made me so sad to watch the episode on Monday. I really hope that they are able to simplify, get some help, and find their way back to what's truly important.

May 27, 2009 at 8:05 AM  
Blogger Gina said...

I completely agree with you S! I mean the same values that they had going into the show just aren't there anymore. I know he has stated on multiple ocassions he doesn't want to do the show anymore. One would think that if canceling the show would mean saving their marriage and family they would do it. Seems logical to me at least. You hit it directly on the head of the nail with this post.

May 27, 2009 at 8:42 AM  
Blogger bethandnate said...

You hit it on the head. It really makes me sad. Gina and I were talking about this yesterday and our old pastor used to say your relationship should have priorties in this order: God, children, spouse, work. In this case, the show is their work and they have put that first,then the children and then each other and God is gone. And with those priorities out of order, this is why they are in trouble. It is such a shame.

May 27, 2009 at 8:53 AM  
Anonymous linda said...

I don't know anything about them, nor have I watched the show, but I am with you. That is why I haven't given up praying for Britney Spears. There is always hope.

May 27, 2009 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Girl, preach it! I've just recently started tuning in and it's so obvious the ways they've changed. They've always seemed run down to me (8 kids!), but now more than ever I feel like listening to them talk is like a slow painful death. They just seem sad. Hope that they get some good advice from friends who really love them.

May 27, 2009 at 9:26 AM  
Blogger Coma Girl said...

I completely agree! They let the "fame" of the show get to them (and the money!).

I liked them so much better when she was a stay-at-home mom, waiting for her husband to get home and she clipped coupons and picked crumbs off the floor 17 times a day. Just like the rest of us!

May 27, 2009 at 11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great letter! I totally agree. I have watched the show for a few years now, sucked in by the faces of the kids. I also had seen a few old shows as well. They are not the same people that started the show. Things changed when she got the oppertunity to get a tummy tuck, and he got a hair transplant ( I know, seems silly). Everything became materialistic and nothing else really mattered. You can tell that the children are not happy. You rarely see the older ones smile. Its not healthy to anyone.
I hope that you send that letter on, to them, to the network, whomever. I think that they need to see what viewers are seeing.


May 28, 2009 at 9:48 PM  
Blogger ABCDH said...

Couldn't have said it better myself.

May 31, 2009 at 3:44 PM  
Blogger darcie said...

I used to LOOOVE this show but stopped watching a year, maybe 2 ago...I did however, like 10 million others, tune in for the premier - sad.
It's the only way to describe it. I lost interest in the show when it was becoming apparent that all Kate wanted was things, trips, things, free surgeries, and more things.
I feel sorry for their children and so very much wish they would cancel the show - at least for now - and work on what is, or what SHOULD be - the most important thing ~ their family & those sweet sweet children who asked for none of this.

June 1, 2009 at 1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spot on!

June 2, 2009 at 1:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


My "wish" is that the Gosselin's will be told about your letter and read it.

They may be trying to provide finacially, but "GREED" has taken over and they have lost the thing that matters most ~ Family!

The children are being "used" and unfortunately will grow up with the same outcome if they do not put a stop to all of this right now!

Money is the root of all evil !

The children would be much better off if they were raised with the values of sharing their "one" toy with siblings like some of us older generation.

Life is no longer simple,

Linda Fuller

June 3, 2009 at 9:42 AM  

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