Besides confirmation that ABC's The Bachelor producers are indeed a bottom-feeding lot (more on this later), viewers of last night's two-hour premiere walked away with some fascinating new tidbits about love. For those who don't watch, the premise of this season's show is that Jason, a 32-year-old single dad from Seattle got down on one knee for Deanna Pappas, the most recent Bachelorette, but was ultimately dissed for a younger, "gnarly dude" snowboarder (with whom Pappas has since split). Now, with 3-year-old son Ty in tow, Jason's back on the hunt. Among the love lessons learned last night? The hot dog theory of men, thanks to Jillian, a Canadian contestant, and "vision boards" are not this Bachelor's thing. Cleavage and love poems are, however.
In a bizarre twist of fate a Michigan woman found herself working at the same store as the son that she gave up for adoption 22 years before. The son began trying to track her down four years ago and recently found out that they work together. It's a small, goofy world and Michigan is a small, goofy place. Happy Holidays.
Though it's common to have a nontraditional family setting these days, there are still questions of boundary. One reader wonders which role she needs to embrace more strongly when there's a rift between her daughter and her current boyfriend.