How often have you been sitting in a movie theater or in your own family room watching a DVD and had the thought: “My life is way more interesting than this!”?
Have you ever been in the middle of a parenting catastrophe and imagined the scene acted out on the big screen? I certainly have. I fear that this is the curse of the blogger–always looking at life in terms of what a good story it would make.
As a mother of 5 children, I have amusing experiences daily that would make good movie scenes. From the time that my preschooler questioned me about my water bottle that she thought was broken….(“Mom, I thought you said that your water broke when you had the baby!”) to the day when I heard my husband tell another child to stop eating the peanuts off the toilet seat….to the hilarious moment in the hospital when an intern saw me with my new baby (my 5th) in the pediatrics ward and asked me, “How old ARE you?” How about the time when my daughter and soon-to-be big sister was playing doctor with a friend….and I realized with horror that she had been taking in a little bit too much from the regular OB check-ups she was tagging along to. My life is full of funny stories.
My movie would be a comedy for sure. My movie would leave everyone laughing out loud, with mothers everywhere crying happy tears that they weren’t the only ones who had dealt with the harshest of parenting moments. I admit, much of motherhood doesn’t feel funny as you’re living it, but looking back (or looking at it through another’s eyes) sure brings out the comedy in it.
I could ask one of my good friends, Minnie or Uma to play the part of me in the movie….
PS–as a side note, meeting these gorgeous women totally motivated me to lose some weight. I am happy to say that I am down about 8-10 lbs from last October when these shots were taken!
Or I could go with the gorgeous Julia Ormond, who a recent blog reader said looked like me….
Here’s some coolness: Hyundai and Glamour Magazine are partnering to search for a series of moments from real moms (like me and you!) to create Reel Moments on Hulu, where Hollywood A-List women get behind the camera and direct a short film for their first time. Reel Moments Glamour reel 2 is responsible for launching 14 directorial debuts by some of the most powerful women in Hollywood over the past five years. Before you read any further, check out Kate Hudson’s popular Reel Moments film, an awesome and poignant story which stars Virginia Madsen, Dakota Fanning and the uber-popular Kristen Stewart.
So who would play the part of YOU in a movie about your life as a mother? Would your movie be a comedy like mine or a drama? Maybe (gasp!) a horror film?
Do you have a favorite story that you think would make a good short movie?
Disclosure: Hyundai and Glamour Magazine, along with JuiceBoxJungle, are sponsoring me to write about some of my favorite parenting moments and to encourage others to share their own, with hopes that a big A-List Hollywood star will direct it on the big screen, like this short film Kate Hudson did with Glamour Reel Moments. You can enter at http://glamalert.com/reelmoments/!
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