How the ladies of Duck Dynasty get along and how their families cope
In their new book, The Women of Duck Commander, Miss Kay, Lisa, Missy, Korie and Jessica share never-before-told stories about the Robertson family, and how their reliance on God has enabled them to persevere through life’s unforeseen challenges, heartaches and strife.
What do you want people to get from reading your sections of the book?
Missy: I want people to know that our family is not perfect, but we try to live worthy. We don’t expect perfection from each other, and hopefully they don’t expect perfection from me. But we have a lot of forgiveness — a lot of forgiveness. There’s just no way, if you think about it, for a father and mother-in-law, four daughters-in-law, four husbands, brothers-in-law, cousins and grandkids to get along as well as we do without a lot of forgiveness because we’re not perfect and we mess up all the time.
I think that one of our biggest qualities is just not taking each other so seriously; to laugh a lot, and then to forgive when we mess up. We have to or resentment will set in, which you see in so many families that just can’t get along because they hold so many things for so long. It’s sad for me to look at all of that that goes on in the world. But it just helps me to realize that I’ve got to keep truckin’ on to make these relationships the way that they are.
In Reed’s “I Am Second” video, he talks about the darkest moments of his young life when he contemplated committing suicide. … How did you and Jase work together to battle against those thoughts and feelings that Reed was experiencing?
Missy: There are so many teenagers who are driven by their emotions, and Reed is definitely one of those kids. Pile upon pile of bad days, negative thoughts and Satan coming after him. Satan knew that what we were about to do as a family was going to make a difference in a lot of people’s lives and he didn’t want that. And I know, for certain, that he targeted Reed because he felt like he could get to him. …
But we didn’t just go to bed every night and say, “we’re hoping for the best,” and not try to talk this out with our kids. Communication definitely was the key in all of this — making him sit down and talk with us every night …. because Satan was telling him, “you’re not worthy; you’re not worthy of all of the things that are happening around you and to your family. And you’re not good enough; you have too many mistakes in your life.”
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