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Dear Miss Paris Hilton

by Peary Perry
Peary Perry
Dear Miss Paris Hilton:

Well, to be honest with you, after the events of last week, I really wasnít all that interested in writing anything about you unless it was cynical and sarcastic. I think most of us feel that you are a spoiled rich girl heading headlong into trouble and misery if you continue your recent lifestyle.

But, the more I thought about what to write, the more I decided to tell you a couple of things that you are missing by not living what we normal folks call the ďSimple Life.Ē

Itís obvious to many of us out here in the heartlands of America that fame, fortune, money, glamour and the high life doesnít bring true inner peace and contentment. If it did, then why arenít you a happier person? Why are you in therapy and having to take a number of prescription medications? These two things alone tell me that you in spite of all you pretend to be, there must be some trouble in paradise.

So, letís just talk about what the rest of us live our lives for and what you are missing. Sure we see the parties and the red carpet treatments that celebrities such as you and movie stars attend on a routine basis. But, having made my share of cocktail parties in the past let me ask you, do you really think they are all that much fun? Or do you go because you have to be seen and Ďeveryoneí else will be there? Has it ever occurred to you that the Ďeveryoneí else who might be at these events would really like to be at home relaxing instead of answering inane questions and looking as if they were on top of the world?

No, I think if youíd ever step out of that world and into ours, youíd find there is a whole lot more to life than what is portrayed in People magazine. Have you ever helped a friend move? It isnít the best thing to do on a Saturday, but let me tell you when itís over and all of you are sitting down eating a called in pizza and drinking that first cold beer, it makes you proud you helped someone. Besides you know you can count on them when itís your turn to relocate. Have you ever had your car breakdown and needed someone to drive you to work? Probably not, but it tells you who your friends are. Same thing goes for paint parties. Until you have to help paint someoneís house or have someone help you paint yours, you canít really tell who your friends are.

I donít imagine that you cook, since you have publicly stated that you have Ďpeopleí who read for you, you most likely have some Ďpeopleí to cook for you as well. I feel sorry for you that you probably havenít cooked up a big pot of soup or chili on a cold winter day and invited your friends over to share and bring something. Thatís a part of life I wouldnít trade for all the galas and award ceremonies they have in your part of the world.

No, Miss. Hilton the real world isnít about money and looks and preening before cameras, itís about laughing at weddings and crying at funerals. Itís about being excited when kids are born and watching them struggle and grow up to be honest, respectable adults. Itís about sending cards and letters to your friends and relatives when someone is hurting or needs a few words of encouragement. Your words might be all they needed to keep them going.

It isnít about things or dresses or cars, itís about people and how we interact with each other while we are here on this planet. It isnít about us being seen, but about us showing up when and where we are supposed to, because itís the right thing to do. Itís about forgiveness when weíve made a mistake and admitting it to ourselves and to those weíve hurt. Itís about life. Itís who we really are, not some plastic figure created by some public relations person who could care less about us and is only interested in his invoice being paid on time.

Miss. Hilton, you have a huge amount of God-given resources available to you. You have a chance to make a difference in the lives of millions of young women by being a positive role model and caring for something and someone other than yourself. These resources are not limitless, use them well or you will surely suffer the consequences of others who were destroyed by the sirenís call of the rich and famous.

I hope you will do the right thing and decide to grow up and make something of yourself that will be remembered from this point forward rather than who you have been until now.
© Peary Perry
Letters From North America

June 13, 2007 column
Syndicated weekly in 80 newspapers
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