Following each episode, a cast member of The Real Housewives of Vancouver will blog about their experience on the show for Dose.ca. For the fourth episode, Reiko MacKenzie discusses the feud between Mary and Ronnie, the attention she’s received for being on the show and how she remains close to her heritage.
When I was asked to be on the show, it was a huge family decision and my own mother was a part of that decision as well. The show is about our lives and I left the book open because I am proud of who we are.
As far as how my life has changed since the show premiered, I am certainly meeting a lot of new people! Even our neighbours and other parents at our daughters’ private school that had never introduced themselves before have finally had a reason to come and say “Hi.” The show has given us a unique opportunity to meet wonderful people in our community faster. It’s been amazing!
When I’m out in other neighbourhoods, it has been a wonderful surprise to have people come up to me and telling me that I’ve inspired them to work out, eat healthier, or to try something a little more daring. It has really been heart-warming! I feel like I am taking on an enormous responsibility, which makes me truly honoured and excited. This inspires me to do more, and I love meeting people when I’m out and about.
Sure, there’s been some negative press reports, but there really isn’t much to say about the news item from our past. I was never and am not hiding anything. It really did happen a long time ago. My husband and I have had tremendous support from our friends and the community.
Whether I dye my hair blonde or blue, it wouldn’t change my heritage or who I am as a person. (Honestly, I have more greys than you know!) If anything, my lifestyle on the show should show a tradition that I feel has been lost on many younger generations, which is taking care of elders. My mother lives with us and is a very active part of our household. My husband, being of traditional Indian heritage, wouldn’t have it any other way. Since we both come from traditional backgrounds, my husband always jokes about having more kids, knowing that they would be the ones to look after us when we’re old! It’s just a part of who we are.
I’m a mom and my daughters are a huge part of my life. If they weren’t on the show with me, it wouldn’t be true to who I am – and the same goes for my husband. I love watching my daughters laughing and play together on the show, even when they are on a sugar high. I have my moments of, “Oh my goodness, I should not have let them eat that cupcake before breakfast,” but that’s life and that’s what being a mom is. It’s good for other mothers to tune in and see that they’re not alone. You live and you learn. Sometimes, we watch and we learn.
When my daughters are older and if they’re offered to do a reality show, it will be their decision — but it is my responsibility now to make healthy decisions that guide them into their own critical thinking and independence so they can make sound decisions for their own lives in the future. I think that is every parent’s responsibility.
I own up to who I am very proudly. I’ve enjoyed doing the show since day one. I have absolutely no regrets for doing the show. There WERE friendships going in and things change. Sometimes, you like people and then you don’t. You will see all of the relationships unfold on the show and they are all certainly real.
In episode 4, I took Jody to the racetrack where they only had one Porta-Potty. Jody didn’t go to the bathroom the entire time she was there, which actually had me worried! Jody is Jody and you can see from the show, she’s judgmental of everything. It would be a waste of time to think it had anything to do with individuals.
The Real Housewives of Vancouver airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on Slice.
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