When did that brown spot appear on my face? Who stole my old knees? Things I wonder about. To promote Debra Messing’s new show “The Mysteries of Laura” I was asked to speak about my own mysteries of motherhood ( and to include a successful you tube couple called NiveNuls.I have see odd stuff in my house and I bet you have in yours. What’s up with that?
So, two weeks ago I lost a dear family member and I’m really too laid out to address it. As I wade through my grief and examine the life of the dear one I have lost I am helped greatly by my family and friends. A good friend can get you out of your ditch, or hold your hand while he lay face down in the ditch until you are able to get yourself up. When Rex started kindergarten I told Mark he was nervous.
“Why?” Mark asked
” He is afraid he won’t have any friends.” I loved Mark’s candid response. “I’m still afraid of that.”
So, I went into my archives where I talked about making mom friends. It still holds up today.
I hide mixers like I would rat poisin from Rex. We have been cooking and baking a lot lately, but sometimes I don’t want the “help” ( Cut to child screaming, “I wanted to crack the egg, I wanted to crack the egg.”)
Here was very simple little exercise in cooking and economics with my kids ( note my slippers. Could I be more white trash?)
I was making a pound cake and playing beat the clock yesterday. Must- get -this-done-before-Rex-sees-mixer.” If he sees it then he wants to do stuff and I’m worried about his little fingers going in the kitchen aid, and keeping track of who put in what last. Plus, putting in baking powder does not have the same cache as 1) cracking eggs or 2) pouring in sugar. The latter because he snatches some back for himself. Then he and Vivien fight over the chairs they are standing on and I think, hmm, what’s a matter with buying a box of factory made cookies? Oh, that’s right I’m giving them a great childhood memory.
I loved her when I was a little girl watching Johnny Carson.
So brave. Such guts. I know people got made at her sometime, but guess what if you don’t have an edge you are Josh Groban, you aren’t a comic who makes people pee in their pants. She always made fun of herself as well.
I was the direct beneficiary of her talent. After she and her daughter left TV Guide where she blazed the trail of red carpet review they started another red carpet show The Fashion Team with my co host David Evangelista. Later they brought in Lawrence Zarian. The show was a blast to do. Did I get to ever live coverage like she did? No, I never got why, however it was a cushy gig. Sitting in a studio all made up making fun of people. I made jokes about celeb clothes and fashion trends. Looks for less, fashion mommy must haves. My kids both modeled on the show.
Rex and his mom “Kate Gosselin”
But, there was only one Joan. Her daughter came on once in one of our early episodes. It was not a warm event. But, it didn’t change how I felt about Joan.
I saw her live in a play at Geffen playhouse not that long ago. She was great. So much energy. Back in the ’70’s my parents interviewed her– they did some freelance journalism. They loved her. She was very smart. She was promoting the film she directed Billy Crystal in “The Rabbit Test” about a pregnant man.
Let’s remember her delivery. Someone can write a good joke, but the way she delivered it.. and would just not let up. So funny. I’m really going to miss her. Her nearest creative heir is Kathy Griffin. But, she doesn’t make fun of herself the way Joan did. But, creativity is so personal. I really thought Joan Rivers would go on longer. But, there never would have been a good time for her to leave the stage and I’m glad she was working till the end.
I can’t help but think…The last few weeks have been really tough on great comics. Shouldn’t someone go check on Jim Carrey? Does someone need to walk Billy Crystal home?
“My family always sits together for a family meal.” You will NOT hear that coming out of my mouth. More than once a week and Mark and I would be opening a vein. Why? It’s unpleasant. I remember a few years ago when I was so happy baby Rex settled down for a restaurant meal.
But, it was rare enough that unless we owned the restaurant I didn’t try it much. But, even worse is at home. He throws off his clothes, refuses to eat, starts bugging his sister. Why did I think his development would be on an upward trajectory? Naive again! If he would keep his clothes on I could get that on video too.
I think he actually does better with the pressure of a public situation. It’s just a more expensive alternative.