I've only seen through Chantal's hometown, but I wanted to comment about Emily.
All my opinion, of course.
Her house. I saw it in the previews, although I didn't get a full view. It didn't look to be the size of Chantal's parents, but it did look pretty big. It could also look big because of the high celings, entrance way. I thought I had read somewhere that Emily's parents had a little money - she and Ricky met in Key West, where both of their parents had homes.
Ricky Hendrick was the son of Rick Hendrick, one of the most successful owners in NASCAR today. I don't know how much you know, but his current drivers include Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Those are all three huge names in NASCAR. Huge. I have no doubt that the Hendrick family has provided for Emily as they would have had she married their son. She is and forever will be a part of that family.
Her job is stated to be a Children's Hospital Events Director or something to that extent. A good friend of mine used to do the same for the Children's Hospital here. Knowing what his job entailed, and going a little off of what I do as an events planner at my job, it doesn't surprise me that she has a nanny. I could also see her having other help taking care of things. Not that I think she's not capable, but I don't see Emily pushing around a lawnmower, etc.
This somewhat leads me into my next opinion about Emily and Emily and Brad. I think that ultimately, he will not choose her or vice versa. This would be the first serious relationship - especially if it led to a proposal - that she will have had since she was a teenager. And as much as Brad wants a family and would accept Ricki as part of the package, that is a big acceptance. You're talking about going from a bachelor's life to life with someone else's five year-old.
I also tend to recall (maybe from Chantal's date) that Brad has made it somewhat clear that his life is in Texas. So, would he want to uproot Emily and Ricki from Charlotte? Would Emily really want that? I don't see that happening.
I think that's another erason so many of these relationships just don't work out. Someone is uprooted and moved to a new place. As much as I didn't like Vienna, she made a point when she talked about being all alone in LA.
I wonder too if Emily will be the next bachelorette, especially after going through all of this.
I read a summary somewhere a week or two ago. The writer mentioned that Emily is probably the most mature bachelorette we have ever seen. I agree.
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