Full disclosure alert--I haven't seen the latest episode about the Bates visit to Little Rock, but be that as it may, I've read allllll about it. And I've been rewatching the Duggars visits with them in previous seasons. So I'm now going to discuss the Bates themselves. Are the Bates the new Duggars?
The latest blog comments seem to favour the Bates over the Duggars--aren't they just so sweet? Yes, they do seem very sweet. But then I think the Duggars are sweet too. People seem to like the Bates for the fact that both parents went to college, yet interestingly, Gil Bates still works a "blue collar" job and makes far less money than Jim Bob (TLC money not factored in). Also for those liberals who are always sniping at the Duggars, the Bates are actually far more strict with the rules, apparently.
People, including me, do wonder if a Duggar/Bates engagement is looming. Most people seem to think it's between John-David and Erin, however I just don't see that. I guess people see Erin gazing at him (??) but she's 18 still and she seems so cereberal to his shy "man's man." I'm more for the Jana/Zach match even though I know nothing of Zach. But that's a different blog entry.
There was controversy over Kelly Bates comment over continuing to trust G-d in her pregnancies--she too has had trouble with her last few--I believe she miscarried the pregnancy she announced while they were visiting during a visit with the Duggars (not the ice storm visit.) And I also believe that wasn't her first miscarriage. However she did say in the last season that all her births were home births, except for the one we all got to see--in a hospital. Her comment was something about "we never know when we could die, we could step off a curb and get hit by a bus tomorrow" so by her logic they trust in G-d that if He keeps giving them pregnancies, that He will watch over her. I actually have that same kind of faith in Hashem, so I'm not going to argue it.
Now because I didn't see the show---is she pregnant again or did she have another baby since the baby we saw arrive? Someone will have to clear that up.
A lot of people think that either TLC is trying to woo the Bates family into their own show or the Duggars are trying to arrange one or more marriages. Frankly I think they are just 2 families that are friends. Why can't they visit and help each other--especially in times of need? The conspiracy theorists don't buy that because they haven't seen each other in about a decade before the first visit in the show--why all of a sudden all the visits now?
Someone commented that it was rude of the Bates to visit in the Duggar rental house while they were going through such a tragedy. I pointed out that the Bates family wouldn't just "show up" without an invitation. In fact during the ice storm Gil said that Jim Bob had to beg them to come when Gil said they would be imposing--and even with an invitation to Little Rock I'm sure the Bates family would have still said "are you sure???" And even after I pointed that out, someone said "yeah of course Jim Bob begged, he wanted the Bates boys to do all the work on their trees!" So you can't win for losing. And Michelle commmented during the interview portion of the Bates visit that the Bates "did all the work" and of course THAT was taken all out of context. It just meant that as guests, the Bates cleaned up after themselves and didn't expect to be waited on hand and foot like some houseguests do. Afterall, they are a huge family that you would notice---not your typical family of four coming to visit you know?
And the Duggars did do them a huge favour with the Wilsons by going to help remodel their house. We have no idea who foot the bill, but because they gave them a card saying it was a gift, I'd say that the Bates weren't paying for it, Jim Bob was. There also seemed to be the implication that they were getting deals, community support, friends pitching in, and i think the Bates had some funds saved up to do a "small project" that Jim Bob decided to turn into a big one.
After reading a lot of comments I did get the idea that people thought if they saw enough of the Bates family that they would probably feel about them the way they feel about the Duggars now. Is too much Bates a good thing or a bad thing---frankly I'd like to see more of them, but with the Duggars. But it remains to be seen---is TLC trying to go after the Bates family? The Bates have started a website that isn't "up" yet. It is still under construction last I went there.
Will the Bates give the Duggars a run for their money on TLC? I'm inclined to say n o...what do you think?