I started reading Perez Hilton's gossip blog a few years ago when Aidan was a baby. Back then, it was something like pagesixsixsix.com but he was ordered to change it.
I was a stay-at-home mom and dare I say, bored a little bit. I don't think I'll ever be like the perfect stay-at-home moms and craftsters whose blogs I read on a daily basis. Yes, I exclusively breast pumped and fed Aidan for over 15 months. I did make his baby food from scratch. I did start my own business out of the home. However, I don't live up to some of the other moms out there as Aidan does watch TV, he does have plastic toys and, I must sheepishly admit, I read gossip blogs.
A few years ago, before Perez became as big as the celebrities he gossiped about, I would drop him an e-mail every now and then and he would always respond. I liked that he wasn't afraid to tackle any subject (except maybe that blond heiress that he fakes being a cousin to) or any person. I may not agree with all the things he does--for example, outing homosexuals not ready to be outed. I think that like the little tramps who don't like to be photographed in underwear that are oblivious to the women's movement that worked to allow them to be able to do this, Perez is too young to realize how fresh the wounds are in a nation that is too slowly embracing all people. It wasn't too long ago that Matthew Shepard was savagely beaten to death. However, the idea behind what he is trying to do is something I understand.
When Aidan was having his surgeries and I was scared, I heard from too few friends. I think that is the downfall of being a stay-at-home mom in a time where most households are two-income ones. It is difficult to find good friends. The Internet is the only thing that kept me connected to the people I did know and to new friends made through my eBay store. I also was able to escape my many worries by reading the gossip blogs.
I wrote Perez during this time and he did something super nice for me. I'd rather not go into detail about it but it was extremely thoughtful and I was very touched. I still am and will always be grateful to him, other strangers that were kind to our family, and of course our loved ones who helped during a scary time.
I guess I have outed myself as being a closeted gossip reader. Whether or not gossip is good or bad is for another post. But I want to say a proper thank you to Perez (Mario), who I think has a very kind heart.