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Friday, October 05, 2007

The Rest of the Story

So back in July, we were interviewed for an upcoming article in TIME magazine. How exciting! It was fun talking with the writer, Lisa Cullen, and we shared a lot of ideas about the topic - the expanding role of fathers. Then, we waited and waited. And at long last, the article appears in TIME today!

The original article was cut considerably, and everyone who was interviewed had their stance shrunk to one or two sentences. Ours ended up being the beginning of a story about how M ran right past me to Marc one day when she fell at a birthday party. Alas, the quote ends there, with how I was a bit ruffled by this - and how our society sets such high standards for mothers. Bummer - I look just like a gatekeeping mom!

The REST of the story was chronicled in a previous blog entry here. It was about how that initial twinge of hurt represents societal expectations, and how the real message is about the beauty of a little girl who can go to either of her parents for comfort in equal measure. That incident was, for me, a telling example of how we 'did it' - we actually busted cultural norms and replaced them with equally shared parenting. I'm so thankful that M and T have equal and strong bonds with both me and Marc.

Just for the record, it is still fantastic to see a full article devoted to involved fathers, and to have been involved in the process. I just have so much MORE to say!


Blogger mom said...

I can't wait to go see this. It's great to have been a part, even if taken out of context. I've been interviewed several times for work and have actually never NOT had this happen -- truncated to the point of near-to-thorough misrepresentation.

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