“I will tell you truths while I can…”

Just prior to Gwyneth announcing her “conscious uncoupling” to Coldplay frontman, Chris Martin, she spoke about her plans her the next year with Lily Harrison at E-Online.

“She added, iI think it’s different when you have an office job, because it’s routine and, you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening. When you’re shooting a movie, they’re like, ‘We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,’ and then you work 14 hours a day and that part of it is very difficult. I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it’s not like being on set.’”

Relieved that someone finally gets how easy being a working mother can be, Mackenzie Dawson had this to say in her open letter in the New York Post,

“As a mother of a toddler, I couldn’t agree more!
‘Thank God I don’t make millions filming one movie per year’ is what I say to myself pretty much every morning as I wait on a windy Metro-North platform, about to begin my 45-minute commute into the city. Whenever things get rough, all I have to do is keep reminding myself of that fact. It is my mantra.”

And then there’s Mr. Nightly’s rebuke…

“They are blended,” said he, “I acknowledge; and, were she prosperous, I could allow much for the occasional prevalence of the ridiculous over the good. Were she a woman of fortune, I would leave every harmless absurdity to take its chance, I would not quarrel with you for any liberties of manner. Were she your equal in situation— but, consider how far this is from being the case. She is poor; she has sunk from the comforts she was born to; and, if she live to old age, must probably sink more. Her situation should secure your compassion. It was badly done, indeed! You, whom she had known from an infant, whom she had seen grow up from a period when her notice was an honour, to have you now, in thoughtless spirits, and the pride of the moment, laugh at her, humble her— and before her niece, too— and before others, many of whom (certainly some,) would be entirely guided by your treatment of her.— This is not pleasant to you, Emma— and it is very far from pleasant to me; but I must, I will,— I will tell you truths while I can; satisfied with proving myself your friend by very faithful counsel, and trusting that you will some time or other do me greater justice than you can do now.”

Lily Harrison reporting on E-Online, “Gwyneth Paltrow’s Post-Split Plans”.

Mackenzie Dawson, A Working Mom’s Open Letter to Gwyneth.

Jane Austen, Emma

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