Glass Cups of tea

Did you watch the Royal Rumble? It was quite the show. I didn’t want to see the spectacle myself, but the drama has made headlines everywhere until it is impossible to avoid this sad, steaming mess. 

Of course, the royal family should not have taken a page out of World Wrestling Entertainment, which has been hosting the Royal Rumble event since 1988. 

Nothing like a good slugfest, with smashing heads, breaking knees and then throwing opponents out of the ring until the last man standing is declared the winner. 

Yep, it is a group-fighting mob scene that is on pay-per-view and one heck of a battle, where wrestlers enter the ring in intervals. Like a big street fight, it is thrilling to watch (if you are a wrestling fan) and hard to predict. But this is wrestling! Royals, why did you need to rumble on television?

My very English mother would have been heartbroken to see the public display of anger that Prince Harry (if he is still a prince) spewed about his family, not completely understanding what the purpose was of the entire “tell-all.” Well, I suppose my mother was more aligned with the queen, and that generation kept fairly quiet about family or personal issues.

Perhaps it was considered “honor” to not dish in public about your intimate thoughts about your family’s shortcomings. But times have changed. We have social media, we want to “tell our truth” and we feel empowered to share whatever we feel like sharing! It might be bloody difficult for the family, but the new way is to “say it out loud.”

The various opinions on Meghan and Harry run the gambit from “sorry losers” to “rich ungrateful kids” or “truth tellers who needed to pull the curtain on the racist English press and family.” The fallout from the Oprah interview probably won’t end anytime soon, as there are media jobs that will be lost, rifts to heal and maybe even rebuttals to make. 

When the Church of England makes a statement that contradicts what Harry and Meghan said about getting married three days prior to their very public wedding, you know we have entered the twilight zone. The church has now entered the fray, and this is a road too far for most British folks to even imagine. 

According to family psychologists, there has been plenty of Americans who have experienced family drama due to the last election. Family gatherings ruined by arguments over politics, heated debates over masks, even divorce has occurred over politics. A whopping 40% of Americans claim that this past year’s presidential election has caused tension and arguments with family members, according to SSRS, a national research firm. So, family strife and fights are not new. We have seen the old Jerry Springer shows where dysfunctional families would show up to scream, shout and punch each other on national television. Not exactly what we like to think of when we think of families as being the foundation for a happy life.

When it comes to our families, let’s not “spill the tea.” And if I want to watch a Royal Rumble, it will be a good old-fashioned wrestling match.

Judy Bluhm is a writer and a local Realtor. Have a story or a comment? Email Judy at judy@judybluhm.com.