Guest blogger Dani Klein Modisett: "Don't babies need their mother's focus at least some of the time to thrive?"
Feels like everyone is talking about Sarah Palin these days. That is when they're not talking about Tina Fey acting like Sarah Palin. Maybe it's her insistence that she is "just like" us that has so many of us Moms talking about her.
I live in Los Angeles, have never even held a gun (let alone shot one), and although I can see Warner Bros. Studios from my window, I wouldn't call myself a Hollywood Playah'.
I do, however, have a son who goes to soccer practice, which qualifies me as a ubiquitous "soccer mom." Another life experience I share with Palin is having a baby in my 40s. Mine will be 15 months next week, while her Trig is six months tomorrow. Every time I see that baby pulled out for a photo op all I can think about is how much he is being passed around like a stuffed doll to garner what? I'm not exactly sure.
If she's just like me, how come I cannot begin to comprehend a day in the life of this infant? Call me a whacky liberal, but don't babies need their mother's focus at least some of the time to thrive?
When asked why she told no one but her husband Todd about the baby's pre-birth diagnosis of Down's Syndrome, Palin is quoted:
"Not knowing in my own heart if I was going to be ready to embrace a child with special needs," she reveals, "I couldn't talk about it."
Seems like her pick for GOP VP came just in time to save her from her complicated feelings about giving birth to this child, since she doesn't seem to be doing much embracing of him after all.
By going after becoming the Vice President of the United States like a rabid dog chasing a steak, she has clearly chosen to put off dealing with the reality of bringing this new precious and delicate life into the world.
Sarah Palin, please stop saying you are just like us Moms. At least not this mom.
|Dani Klein Modisett is the mother of 1-year-old Gideon (pictured) and 5-year-old Gabriel. She is comedy writer/creator/producer of the show "Afterbirth...stories you won't read in Parents magazine." An anthology of stories from this show will be published by St. Martin's Press, in stores in May 2009.|