Tonight, with #bookgate behind them (for now), The Real Housewives of New York moved on to more important matters. Well, sort of. For some of them, this meant preparing for the annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Which, while fun and charming in its own right, isn't exactly a weighty endeavor. Aviva Drescher, however, dealt with some real demons, ones she waited 35 years to confront.
After seeing her (presumably on the show), Aviva's childhood friend Becky Morgan reached out to her. This isn't so unusual, a blast from the past trying to reconnect after seeing someone on T.V. -- with the advent of Facebook, I'm sure this happens more often than we know. The difference here is that Becky played a pivotal role in Aviva's life. It was Becky who was playing side by side with Aviva on the Morgan family farm the day Aviva stumbled into the conveyor belt that would take her leg.
Becky was carrying around so much guilt from that day. She was, Aviva shares, the one who declared that they should play on the now infamous device. Aviva was keen to meet up with her, see the old farm, confront her demons, and put what needed to be put right with her old friend Becky.
I don't know that I could have been as brave or as forgiving as Aviva was. It's easy to give the broad a hard time for stirring the pot generally on the show -- but come on, she's being paid to do that. Her genuine nature and true self were on full display in this scene. You could see the weight fly from Becky's shoulders when Aviva assured her that she had nothing to feel guilty about. In fact, Aviva went on to say that if Becky hadn't thought quickly, turned off the machine, and run for help, she would have bled to death.
The Aviva who forgave Becky, who confronted the machine that was the source of her childhood trauma -- that's the Aviva I wish the other girls on the show got a chance to see. I adore Carole, but I kind of see where Aviva's hurt feelings were coming from back when this fight all started. If Carole could apologize for her tone and Aviva could apologize for her implications about Carole's involvement in her own book, everything would just resolve itself. I ache for that to happen! Because clearly I don't have a lot going on in my own life, I guess?
Were you moved by Aviva's conversation with Becky Morgan?
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