The following is the latest entry from Nancy O’Dell’s blog!
So, it has been a while since I’ve been able to ‘blog’ with you.
As most of you probably already know, I have been a little busy. My hubby and I are expecting our first child together…(as you may also know, we have 2 very wonderful boys from his first marriage).
This has caused quite a change in my life, more than I really thought it would. There are the doctors appointments, making sure I get enough rest, eating right, not pushing myself (which caused me to be ‘blogless’ lately), getting the nursery ready, making sure I have everything I’ll need and I don’t even have to mention the entire LIBRARY of books you can read on being a first-time mom.
This has caused me to take the time to reflect on exactly what it takes to be a mother…not just having a baby, but to really contemplate all that goes into bringing a new life into the world. When thinking of being a mother, there’s the pressure of knowing that another human being depends on you for not only survival, but that you’ll be a TRUE role model. You’ll be looked to for comfort, for guidance, for appreciation, for discipline, for advice, for sympathy, for laughter, for just about everything that all of us are. Being a mother is so much more than just ‘having a baby’.
As I was reading my 200th pregnancy and “How To…” book, it dawned on me the irony of our society…how we tend to put so much emphasis on people we consider ‘role models because they are either successful in sports, have won an Oscar, acted in the latest ‘blockbuster’ or made Fortune Magazines ‘Richest List’. I’m blessed to be part of one of the most successful and respectable entertainment news programs on television.
I get to see just how hard these actors and actresses work. I can tell you what a lot of these very talented people go through, I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy…the glaring spotlight, the endless criticism, the invasion of privacy, the rumors. I can only imagine how difficult that life must be. But, now that I’m pregnant, I am getting to see into the world of those who don’t get “Oscar-like” awards, $20M contracts, magazine spreads, commercial endorsements or endless news coverage. They get ONE day a year…Mother’s Day.
I don’t think there is anything wrong with a ‘healthy fascination’ with your favorite actor or what movie is coming out next or what is happening behind the scenes. I don’t think there is anything wrong with having a role model who is an actor, athlete or “Fortune’s Richest”. These people serve as public examples and we all have goals of where we want to go or what we want to be. And let’s be honest here…that fascination is what gives me a great job!
I just want to take the time (on this day and on many days in addition to Mother’s Day) to remind us that while we can pour our adoration all over ‘celebrity’ role models, there should be equal appreciation and thanks for the person who is responsible for the person we ARE…mothers (and, of course, fathers too). I can tell you with 100% certainty that without moms, we’d have no Oscar winners, athletes or successful people.
So, while “the show must go on” (we’ll always strive to bring you the latest on Britney, show you what a classic movie star Leo is, congratulate Forest on his many awards this year, sing with John Mayer (not be so concerned with his personal life), show you behind-the-scenes of GREAT movies you should see (just rented Gridiron Gang starring my friend, the Rock…good movie!) or just give you all ACCESS to HOLLYWOOD, I just want everyone to know there is another group of people who work just as hard and are just as successful…mothers. They deserve equal attention and appreciation and this blog is just a small token of my appreciation and respect.
I’m due to deliver in the summer. As I move closer to that date, I’m sure I’ll continue to read, prepare, ‘nest and rest’. I will be looking forward to being a Mom, the best role a woman can play.