I am not really sure how Cheyenne and I paused long enough in our channel flipping last night to have a Wife Swap episode catch our attention, but it happened. I typically do my level best to avoid shows like that. They are so predictable. They are designed to produce uncomfortable conflict and awkward growth. I know this because I have a watched a few episodes in the past in weak moments.
But last night was something else, it wasn’t a weak moment at all. Instead it was morbid curiousity about how the super clean and disciplined wife who lives in a pristine house was going to fare in the home of the loud and obnoxious wife with dead rats littered about. It was, to say the least, an intersting challenge for both of them to live in the antithesis of what they know and cultivate.
While I was watching the show and the things the women and families go through I began to wonder how much these families get paid to have their lifestyles and quirks exploited. I surmise they get paid a lot. You would have to get paid a lot to subject yourself to that – wouldn’t you? How much would it have to be? Would you do it for $20,000…$30,000…$50,000?
I can tell you right now that there is not enough money to entice me to do such a show. Well, maybe that is not exactly true. I surmise I might consider many things if my family was suffering a hardship. Not some minor hardship – it would have to be a serious hardship with no other alternative other than subjecting myself, my life, and family to the unforgiving microscope that is reality television. And even then, I would cringe.
On the episode last night both the wives seemed to have survived the experience and be no worse for the wear. But I still wonder what happens after the cameras go away and the wives sit with their family members and friends to watch the show. Do they think it was really all worth it when it is all said and done? Or do they realize at that point that no matter what they were paid it just wasn’t enough?
Day one thousand three hundred and thirty-two of the new forty – obla di obla da