Simon’s Webisode 2 by Quincy IL
Getting the Boys Out the Door
This is the second webisode featuring Simon van Kempen at bravotv.com buried in the bowels of the video clips from the 4th Season of “The Real Housewives of New York City.” I have a new admiration for short films. The video is 3.23 minute long, but it packs an emotional wallop.
Simon is doing what millions of parents do every morning. He is giving his kids their breakfast and making sure they get to the school bus on time. The boys are already dressed for their day in the beginning of the clip and Simon is serving cereal with milk. I love how Simon picked up the cereal with his hands and put it into the bowl. Alex was not home to remind her men folk to wash their hands before touching their food this week. Simon opens the milk and it spills over the counter. He wipes that up with a towel as he urges her boys to eat and reminds them that they have a date with the school bus at 7:30 AM. When Alex is away on business, Johan has to adjust to the time frame of Francois and the public school bus. Simon checks his phone for the time and discovers that Francois has been playing poker.
In an interview, Simon shares that he worked at the Hotel Chandler for 11 years and now he has returned to the career that he had when he first met Alex, consultancy. He shares that he wanted to spend more time with the boys, Francois and Johan. Simon’s father’s name was Francois Johan.
Simon is brewing tea when he notices that Francois is not eating that bowl of cereal and has left his chair to roam the kitchen. Simon lifts his son off the ground and holds him upside down over the garbage which has a bad smell according to Francois. Simon places his son on the stool, right side up this time.
In an interview Simon share his feelings about his growing up fatherless. Simon is 46 almost 47 when this was filmed and he has been without a father for 41 years. (We can calculate and that would make Simon about the age of his sons now.) Simon, of course, wishes he had a father, but he accepts reality. He mentions the nature/nurture concept when it comes to parenting, but does not elaborate. Simon tells us that he enjoys being a father twice as much because he is seeing it through his own eyes and the eyes of his sons. Simon actually wants to be a role model for his sons.
Having read Simon and Alex’s book, “Little Kids, Big City,” I knew that both Alex and Simon has lost their fathers as young children. Both were raised by strong caring women. Hearing him say this, brought back the memories that he had shared in the book and reminded me that Simon is a strong person who is unafraid to share his thoughts with all of us. I think both Alex and Simon want their sons to have the father that they wished they had had and that is why Simon changed careers and is home to make breakfast when he wife is away for work.
The boys and Simon have to brave the ice and snow of Brooklyn to walk to the bus stop on the corner. Along the path, they find black ice. Simon explains that it is melted and mixed with dirt so it looks black. That’s not the Wikipedia definition but we all know Wikipedia can be wrong.
The bus arrives and Francois pushes his little brother, but gets a kiss from dad. Johan gets lifted high in the air so he can wave to his brother as the bus leaves. Johan is walking on the black ice so Simon asks for his hand.
Simon seems to know what is of interest to the Bravo producers when it comes to the reality show. His birthday surprises for Alex always seem to be shown to us. I noticed the birthday surprise for the boys made it on to their mother’s reality show this year too. The gift of the piano filming might not have been what Simon planned, but when it comes to tired little boys and strange men in their dining rooms, you never know the outcome in advance. The few minutes of these scenes in “The Real Housewives of New York” look so much like the webisodes that I wonder if they were stolen by the producers for the series.
New York City is the center of film and they have competitions where these short films are shared like the Sundance Film Festival in Utah that was created by Robert Redford. I think that Simon has studied film. I think Simon van Kempen actually has a hobby.
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Lynn will update this morning.