ann romney rncAnn Romney became the new ‘it girl’ of the GOP last night with her speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. As Mitt’s partner in life, this classy lady has a good chance at being our next First Lady, so all eyes were on her to deliver a speech about what it means to be a wife, mom, grandmother, daughter, sister, and most importantly, an American. The girl did not disappoint.

First off, she looked gorgeous in a red dress and perfectly tousled blonde hair. I’m so glad her stylist avoided the helmet hair look, because that doesn’t look good at all outside of Stepford. But the important thing is what she said, not how she looked, so let’s get down to it.

Ann knows that American families are struggling in this economy right now. She knows that the number one issue on our minds is the economy, not steak and arugula, and she gets that moms are the ones feeling it the hardest.

It’s the moms who always have to work a little harder, to make everything right.

It’s the moms of this nation — single, married, widowed — who really hold this country together. We’re the mothers, we’re the wives, we’re the grandmothers, we’re the big sisters, we’re the little sisters, we’re the daughters. 

The most frequent criticism Ann Romney has received has been that she’s a corporate wife, and out of touch with the average American mom. It’s undeserved and unfair, because something that unites all women is the initiation to the Mommy Club. The pledges include making it through pregnancy or the adoption process, sleepless nights with crying babies, and worrying over our kids. Will they be liked? Will they score a goal? Will they turn out ok?

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Rich or poor, straight out of school or after two decades in a career, when we see a frazzled mom pushing a double stroller while her toddler tries to climb out, we offer a knowing look and a smile. “I understand ... I’m a mom too,” we might offer, and the relief that we understand washes over her. There is no judgment in these moments, because we’ve all had these moments.

Then our first son came along. All at once I’m 22 years old, with a baby and a husband who’s going to business school and law school at the same time, and I can tell you, probably like every other girl who finds herself in a new life far from family and friends, with a new baby and a new husband, that it dawned on me that I had absolutely no idea what I was getting into.

Ann gets it. We all have to figure out this strange path of motherhood -- the one that we know is going to be hard, but still ends being more difficult than we ever imagined. None of us lives the storybook life. We all face challenges and everyday struggles, and Ann has been no exception.

Welcome to the spotlight, Mrs. Romney. It’s good to see you shine.