Ooooh I had to laugh when I read about Michelle Obama's little slip-up during an interview, when she called herself a "busy single mother." Does the President know?! Ha. Also -- Michelle? I know what you mean!
The First Lady was talking to CBS about the challenges of eating healthy for families when she made the flub:
"Believe me, as a busy single mother," she started, then quickly corrected herself. "Or, I shouldn't say single, as a busy mother," she said, then added, "Sometimes, you know, when you've got a husband who is president, it can feel a little single. But he's there."
Watch for yourself:
OMG, right? First of all, I'm amazed at how well she kept her cool! She barely batted an eyelash! I would have been blushing and stammering like a crazy person after making a goof like that. But for reals, we all know what she means, right? No matter how involved our hubbies or partners may be, there's something about being a mom that means you wear a zillion hats, whether you're single or not.
No matter if we stay home or work full time, moms are still very often the ones who have to figure out all the domestic stuff -- from making sure there's turkey for school lunches (Ooh sorry honey! Can you take jelly on a celery stick today? AUGH!) to making sure the forms are signed and the checks to ballet and soccer are in (Didn't we turn this permission slip in last week? What's it doing under the couch?!).
Mrs. Obama explained herself well when she said that it's not so much about resources, but time and energy: "... As a busy working mom, and before coming to the White House, I was in that position, you know, as well," she said. "Working, driving kids to practice, you know not having enough time to shop or cook, not having the energy … resources weren't the issue but time and energy is key."
I don't want this to reflect badly on my own husband, who is an awesome partner and the best father, and by NO MEANS am I saying that the average actual single mother's life is not more challenging than the average married mom's. No way, Jose. My mom was a single mom, I have single mom friends, and I know the reality. BUT, the fact that someone like Michelle Obama, who has plenty of resources at her disposal (from money to household help) can still make a slip-up that reveals how she sometimes feels like she's doing it ALL, just goes to show that while life today may be a LOT different than back in Mad Men days, some things might never change
But boy I sure wish I could have been a fly on the wall when Michelle tried to explain to Barack that little blooper!
Do you ever feel like a single mom, even if you're not?
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