How many of you have ever watched a TV show called American Housewife? *stands on a table to raise my hand super high* If you haven’t watched this show yet then what are you doing with your life?
Basically, American Housewife is a family comedy told by Katie Otto a wife and mother who tries to stand out among the wealthy, pretentious, arrogant housewives and their privileged children after moving to her new hometown of Westport, Connecticut.
She lives with Greg, her level-headed husband and a university professor, and their three children. Taylor is their athletic oldest daughter who wants to fit in with her peers; Oliver, their savvy, ambitious, and snarky son, is the middle child; and Anna-Kat, sweet but obsessive-compulsive, is the youngest and Katie’s blatant favourite rite.
I have watched this show more than three times and as much as I hate to admit, I think I’m turning into my mother; who always has to deduce a lesson from everything she watches. Its annoying, can you just watch a good comedy and just laugh your heart out without having to think what it taught you. Aargh!!!
Anyway, my favourite episode from Season one is the fourth episode “Art Show.”
In summary, this episode shows Greg has a very specific ritual that he must do before he begins writing, if it’s interrupted he has to start all over again. Katie is not happy to find out that Taylor is planning on doing a juice cleanse with some of her friends.
Greg’s writing is interrupted by Anna-Kat. She wants him to print out the picture she drew that is going to be in her art show. Anna-Kat’s picture isn’t very flattering for Kate. While she goes to try to get the picture back from Anna-Kat’s teacher, she puts Doris in charge of Taylor and Oliver. Katie is worried that the other Westport moms will mock how she’s depicted in Anna-Kat’s drawing.
Katie meets with Anna-Kat’s teacher who agrees to swap out the drawing as long as Anna-Kate draws another portrait. She eagerly agrees but getting another drawing that she approves of is harder than she thought. Finally Katie decides she’ll draw herself and let Anna-Kat draw the rest of the family. The teacher realizes that Anna-Kat isn’t the one who drew everyone and refuses to accept the new drawing.
Doris won’t let Taylor or Oliver leave the table until they’ve finished lunch. Taylor refuses to break and Oliver respects her a little bit for it.
Katie, Greg, and Anna-Kat go to the art show. Katie comes to realize that the other moms are so focused on themselves and what’s wrong with them that they don’t even notice Anna-Kat’s picture.
Now that part hit me hard. I just thought of the number of times I worry about my hair being messy, how I’m too skinny or how I rarely wear makeup when everyone else is. I tend to forget everyone else has their own baggage to deal with and people rarely notice your insecurities when you step out of the house.
We shouldn’t spend so much time worrying about how we look on the outside. Wait, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t pamper ourselves and get our eyebrows done or makeup among other things that make you feel great about yourself. What I mean is as you put focus on how you look on the outwards ensure you are doing it for yourself and not to impress other people who don’t really care about you.
And never forget to pamper your heart to, what really matters is what’s in the inside. Nobody is perfect and its okay to have insecurities but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t face the world; on the contrary go out there and live without regrets. Embrace your imperfections and be a blessing to others.
I really love this show and this specific episode was enlightening.
PS: I do not own the photos and description. Photo and summary courtesy of google, Wikipedia and American housewife site.
Over To You …
Have you watched American Housewife yet? If not, you should. If you have,which is your favourite episode?
Thank you for reading.