So - I am super excited about the season premiere of my new favorite show: BIG LOVE!
That's right - the bitchin' Golden Globe and Emmy nominated HBO show about polygamist Bill Henrickson and his three wives, Barbara, Nicolette and Margene.
So - first I have to let you know that I am not a Mormon. I do have tons of friends who are LDS. Got my first kiss on the cheek - shout out to Mike S. - one of my first neighborhood friends - 4th grade, Mormon boy who lived on my block.
Also - yes, mom - believe it! - my very first "real boyfriend" in high school was a good Mormon boy - went to church daily - every morning and well, we ran away to Mexico together. Never thought I'd be putting this in my blog - but here you go. Missed two weeks of my junior year of high school, sick as hell in Mexico. I was an honors student, good girl but totally went nuts over this boy. Yeah - pretty sad. My poor parents. I was such a bitch! They still randomly pull out the letter - it gets found at random times every few years - like when they move or organize things. "Dear Mom, I am sorry that I am leaving... I love Jeff... one day I'll return... you cannot possibly understand how deep our love is...." Always gets lots of giggles...
Oh - and then I must also mention how many of my Mormon friends and their families supported us when my dad was hit by a drunk driver and was in a coma for 6 weeks (don't worry though - he did fine and he's still yelling at the dog and back to his usual self). This was when I was 13. I will never, ever forget how wonderfully supportive my Mormon friends were. Not sure any of them will ever see this - but a huge Thank You is still owed to the Wright family and the Sego family. So - I have never been Mormon but I have loved many.
But - I digress, let me get you back on board with the Henricksons:
For those of you who might be judgemental - let me just explain. First of all, wife number one - Barbara married Bill with no plans to be part of a polygamist family. Bill was raised on "the compound" at Juniper Creek - where everyone lives "The Principle" - that is the polygamist lifestyle that is no longer accepted practice in the mainstream Mormon religion of today.
But, back to my point - Barb married Bill with no intention of becoming a polygamist. Barb got sick - and Bill brought Nicki in to help care of sick Barb (who had already had three children with Bill but due to her cancer could no longer have children).
Barb agreed to let Nicki become Bill's second wife and then - BOOM - enters cute, young, flirty babysitter - Margene. The rest is history - enter wife number three.
Polygamy is still illegal in the US - and the Henrickson family live in plain, old suburbia - in Sandy, Utah - smack dab in the middle of Mormon Town USA. So the story is filled with all kinds of craziness in this regard - how do you have three wives and all of these kids (who go to public school) and not announce that you are a polygamist? How do you share your husband with two other women?
But - before you judge - you should just watch the show. Can you not imagine living next door to your best friends? The three of them live in separate homes - all connected by one open back yard - but looks like individual houses on the street. Also - they are not best friends but I would try to get my best friends as my sister - wives. Sounds kind of like fun. Meet outside, drinks by the pool (oh wait, can't drink if you are Mormon) share watching the kids, making meals, doing laundry. Doesn't sound so bad to me.
Tune in to HBO on Jan 18th for the season premiere of Big Love. Oh - and if you hear that they are looking for wife number four - please let me know.