The latest episode of Real Housewives of New Jersey featured housewife Caroline Manzo having a heart to heart talk with her 23 year old son Albie. Albie informs his mother he received a D in one class and his current GPA at law school was 1.913. He was informed by his law school that since he fell below the minimum 2.0 GPA he was expelled.
Albie stated on camera he has a slow processing speed when reading that takes him three times longer to read and comprehend the written word and that the law school knew this when they admitted him.
Becoming a lawyer has been Albie's dream for years. He said he worked hard in high school to get the college prerequisites and then worked hard in college to qualify to be admitted to law school.
Yet one of his professors told him a person with a learning disability like him doesn't have what it takes to receive a law degree and work as a lawyer and to go find a new career path.
Caroline Manzo choked up with tears upon hearing this and it was obvious this was sincere not acting for the camera. With tears in her eyes she quickly shifted gears to give Albie a pep talk and to not let anyone stand in his way. She encouraged him to fulfill his dream of becoming a lawyer and to find a new law school to attend.
It was so moving!
I'd love to embed a video but I can't find one online today.
Look, I watch all the Real Housewives shows for entertainment. It is fun to see how others live especially my tri-state neighbors in New York and New Jersey. None of these women's lives are anything like my Fairfield County, homeschool mom life. This show is an escape for me, watched at the end of the day right before going to bed most times.
On this rare occasion my husband was still awake and saw this part of the show. I listened silently as I cried upon hearing this segment and Caroline Manzo's pep talk. When it cut to commercial my husband said, "Wow." It was said in a way that was meant to be a compliment.
This segment is so far the best on this seaon's show.
Thanks Caroline and Albie Manzo for choosing to share this on television. Just hearing that one segment will move many families. Caroline, I'm willing to bet you'll begin to get invitations to speat at LD conferences for parents and educators.
P.S. Caroline was my favorite New Jersey housewife even before this segment aired. Now it's underscored!