Home is where the heart is
Posted: Tuesday, Jul. 03, 2012
Photo by Lora Denton Photography.
Originally from England, Sarah Ryberg has lived in Charlotte for the last 12 years and is a graduate of UNC Charlotte. After two whirlwind weddings - one in Charlotte and another in her homeland - Sarah is settling into married life and learning what it takes to be a Mrs. You can reach Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org
I cant imagine how nervous Emily must have been this episode. Im always anxious when meeting parents, and if I had to meet four sets of parents at once, Id be a wreck by the end of it. However, Emily composed herself so well. While she appeared a little nervous once or twice, she was prepared for all the tough questions.
Chris had the first hometown date with Emily. His family was really close and they were quick to welcome Emily into their home. At the same time, they each had their concerns. Emily had a moment to talk in private with Chriss dad and sister. His dad understood and respected Emilys concerns as a parent, while Chriss sister was more on the protective side. She asked Emily to let her brother go if he wasnt the one. Once all the feelings were out on the table, they all topped off the night with a traditional, Polish celebration.
Emily and Jef started their date by shooting clay pigeons together. It turns out Emily was concealing her skills with a gun. Although she was calm with a gun, Emily was nervous about meeting his parents (which she didnt get a chance to do). After all, she knew that Jef had ended a relationship because of his family before. His siblings definitely grilled Emily with some tough questions, but they absolutely loved her. The sisters felt like she was one of the gals, and his brother approved of Emilys sensible approach towards love. He was nervous about the idea of Jef and Emily falling in love so fast; however, I think that sweet note at the end proves how genuine Jefs feelings are.
The most awkward moments emerged on Aries date, but as always, Emily left grinning from ear to ear. After taking a ride in his Indy car, they headed off to meet his family. Poor Emily looked so uncomfortable when the family started talking in Dutch, particularly when she learned the conversation was about her! Arie has come so far since the first episode though, and he was the first one to stop the conversation and translate for Emily. It turns out that his mum had watched The Bachelor, but Emily did a great job answering the questions about Brad. By the end of the night, it looked like she captured more than just Aries heart.
Of course, the most shocking moment of the night was on Seans hometown date. I couldnt believe it when he said he lived with his parents. Of course, having lived with my parents for two years, I have nothing against living at home. But when I saw the stuffed animals and half-eaten food, I was horrified for Emily. After learning how well he had been raised, seeing the messy room was a shock! I think we all felt a flood of relief when we he confessed it was a joke. After breaking the ice, the hometown date went so well. Seans family was so down to earth and his parents were so amiable. Emily says she sees their families blending well together and I think shes right. How about that second kiss, too?
For me, it was no surprise that Chris went home tonight. His temper had been bothering me since the last episode and, out of all the bachelors that are left, she had the least connection with him. The next few weeks will be rough for Emily, but I feel confident that Arie will get the final rose. They have a strong connection and they always look so besotted with each other. Do I have any other Arie-fans out there?
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