Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Aglow with Love
Tagline: Ann knew it was love that put the sparkle in her marriage...but she still missed the diamond she'd lost from her ring...
In a Nutshell: Ann lost the diamond in her engagement ring a while ago. Busy lives and a stretched budget have made it impossible to replace. Until now.
My apologies. I skipped an issue and went out of chronological order. Sorry!
Observations: Okay, I am going crazy! I read this and thought I've read this story before! The feeling was so strong, I went through the blog looking for my review of it. I couldn't find it, but if someone else remembers a story a while ago that had a couple going down to a lake for the romantic end of a story, please tell me!
Anyway, I thought this story was the perfect Woman's World mix of sentimentality and positive lifestyle. It's so common these days to see stories about divorce and unhappiness and well, people bitching, so it's nice to have Woman's World here to show examples of how to not succumb to that negativity. (On that note, have you looked at Closer? It's similar to other celebrity rags, but with positive stories, not dirt and scandal. I liked the issue I bought.)
In fact, let's do a comparison, just for fun.
WW: Ann gives a positive message to the bride-to-be in the opening scene.
"It's not about the sparkling diamond, it's about love--and you and Ted have plenty of that."
A Reality Show: A bride-to-be would most likely be criticizing the ring and comparing it to those of her friends and either finding it lacking or happy that it outshone theirs.
WW: We see Ann is reconciled with not having the diamond replaced. Her family comes first.
A Reality Show: The "star" of the show would probably be looking among all her other jewelry and wondering why she shouldn't just go to the jewelry store and upgrade her engagement ring herself.
WW: Ann is eager to go on the anniversary date.
A Reality Show: The woman might be "busy" doing something not really important and therefore is late to the anniversary dinner.
WW: The husband had worked for a long time to make his wife happy. Their love is reaffirmed.
A Reality Show: The ring would be flashier, but the marriage would not be fortified. The meaning of the gesture is lost when the recipient is gratitude-challenged and the giver is taken for granted.
Photo credit: Derek Ramsey via Wikimedia Commons