If you were feeling sorry for Teresa and Joe Guidice last week because they were indicted on 39 federal counts and could serve up to 50 years in prison for defrauding lenders, illegally obtaining mortgages and hiding assets during their bankruptcy…there’s no need.
It seems the Guidice’s aren’t feeling sorry for themselves, so why should we? In fact, it appears they decided to forget about their legal problems entirely in an effort to enjoy some vacation time with their girls as a family. In fact, right after their hearing, they packed their bags and headed off to the Hamptons with the girls for a vacation in the sun, according to Teresa who began posting Instagram photos on August 1st, just 2 days after their court date.
Many people, when faced with such things, would go home, bury their heads in the sand, and ignore the needs of their children whilst they found a way to cope with the problems facing them, but Teresa and Joe seem to be doing this right. Let me explain.
When our children were in their private prep school I had a very dear girlfriend whose children shared classes with ours. Our families frequently shared events together, including family ski trips and back-and-forth overnights. We were, and are, close. One day, a terrible event shook Betsy’s world…her husband, an anesthesiologist, just got busted for a demerol addiction (Betsy had been clueless) and had lost his job at the hospital along with his board certification. Betsy knew this would signal the end of the idyllic life she and her children had known and promptly booked a 10 day vacation for the family in Hawaii.
At first, we all thought that was nuts but in retrospect, given our current age and maturity, we’ve come to recognise that it may have been the smartest thing she could have done at the time. The memories of a vacation can last a lifetime and such happy experiences for the children allow the parents relief from their problems, which come and go.
I am curious to know how you feel about learning that the Guidice’s are on a wonderful vacation with their children, given what you know about their legal problems. Given your own level of life experience and maturity, how do you vote?
There will be plenty of opportunity for us to talk about the Guidice legal issues and the decisions they’ve made to land them there, but for now, thank you for sharing your vote.