Right about now, we should be settling in to watch Clare Crawley begin what could just be the final leg of her journey to find love.
Having been put through the Bachelor wringer—remember when editors thought it'd be hilarious to splice her Bachelor in Paradise heart-to-heart with a producer to make it seem as if she talks to animals?—the 39-year-old has absolutely earned the right to hand out the roses on the 16th season of The Bachelorette.
And she knows it. Frankly, it's the least producers could do after setting her up with Juan Pablo Galavis. But that experience, which ended with her putting the former pro soccer player in his place, and every failed romance that came after it have only set the reality vet up for success. "For me, it just is more years under my belt, more learning and knowing what I want, what I don't want," she explained on Good Morning America of her mature advantage. (For the record, her ideal guy will be "strong, loving, gentle, compassionate and just a real, genuine, kind man.")
And as a 30something woman, the Sacramento-based hairstylist would have served as a welcome salve from the recent antics of the series of increasingly immature contestants who may not have landed on the ABC love hunt with the so-called right reasons front of mind.
But, instead of watching the no-nonsense reality vet put any sponcon-seeking boys in their place, we're trying to convince ourselves that doing a deep dive for details on any of the Listen to Your Heart couples (wait, Rudy and Matt still have a chance?!) and the upcoming The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons—Ever! compilation episodes can fill that rose-sized hole in our heart.
Which...it can't hurt.
Because while the highlight reels may not be the new content we crave, it's a fun reminder that for all its schmaltz and overuse of the word dramatic, sometimes this show really works. Particularly when the ladies are at the helm. Six of the show's 15 Bachelorettes are married or still engaged to their final rose recipient while just Sean Lowe and Colton Underwood are holding it down for the guys.
So until we can safely watch Crawley pin that bloom on the man she just might spend forever beside, let's rejoice in these six Bachelorette pairs whose futures are still decidedly rosy.