Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Top Ten Reasons Why Parenting is Like "Downton Abbey"

(Minus the glorious dresses, elegant parties, and sexy, dead Turkish lover s-e-x, of course)

1) There are unspoken rules nobody bothers to tell you;

2) If you can't make time for personal maintenance (When??? How???), you might sprout sideburns;

Do you think she gets paid overtime for the terrible, awful hair? Wears a shirt in her free time declaring, "IT'S A WIG, PINKY SWEAR!"?
3) You'll run into a Doubting Thomas or two determined to undermine your every decision;

4) Nobody's sleeping when & where expected (ahem, Lord & Lady Grantham);

5) There's a grandparent who knows everything - or more precisely, how you're doing things all wrong;

Witness the Dowager Countess of Awesome, more fun than you can shake an in-law at
6) There's a strict, two-tier class structure in place, and you're decidedly Second Tier;

7) Every time you think you've finally got things figured out, there's a plot twist that changes everything;

8) Sometimes you have to ship your kid off to a relative's to improve said child's prospects ("prospects of remaining alive" most definitely included);

9) You find allies in unexpected places;

10) Just when you think all hope is lost, the Universe gives you a sign that your Greatest Love of All (*cue Whitney Houston ballad apropos of nothing*), greater than you ever thought possible, will endure:

(Psst - for the uninitiated, you can catch up with the "Downton Abbey" Season 2 premiere & some of Season 1 for free on PBS's site -  unless you'd prefer to just read my rambling on and on and ON about it here.) (You're welcome!) (I'm sorry?) (Parentheses)

(All images via IMDB courtesy copyright Masterpiece blah blah blah etc.)


Lisa @ Trapped In North Jersey said...

I want to know what is up with the fiancee?? I hate watching stuff in real time, week to week--I prefer to wait till a show has gone off the air forever, then watch the entire show nonstop in a weekend.

The suspense for next Sunday is killing me.

Belle on Heels said...

Love. LOVE.

Lindsey said...

Soooo true!!! Great post!!

What Kate Wore said...

This is brilliant. Absolutely fabulous Miss pretty, the metaphor is are perfect!

Sending you a smile,

Whitney said...


Solar Powered said...

I really have to watch this show.

Emily said...

You are hilarious. All so true!

And let's not forget those terrible curls/bangs O'Brien has going on. Ugh.

Brandy said...

Do you know there's a Downton Abbey Christmas special? And apparently it's all already downloaded on YouTube?? I am trying to be patient and watch the rest of Season 2 before I absolutely have to see it!

Amy @ Forever 29 said...

M, you nailed it! I finished Season One today I couldn't stand to know that Season Two was already out, so I bought it.

[darci @ the good life] said...

I love you. And that is all.

Okay, not really....I MUST watch this now. Thanks!

LPC said...


Kwana said...

Ha I love this post!

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