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Happy Birthday to You

September 27, 2011

Here’s the thing. I am not obsessed with Gwyneth or anything. I am not really obsessed with any celebrity, I have lived in LA long enough to see beyond the smoke and mirrors and the pages of People and am really not that fascinated…most of the time.

That said, I do admire her.

I ran into a lovely woman at BlogHer who, upon learning of my little slice of the world wide web here, told me a 10-minute horror story of being at some big event alongside Gwyneth and how she was so snobby, so obnoxious, so…Hollywood. The thing is, I am sure she is. I am sure she can be a bitch. I am sure she is occasionally rude to the guy that gets her coffee. Or impatient with fans and complete strangers. Or, gasp, too thin for your liking.

But she is also a devoted mother to two seemingly very well-adjusted kids. Who can cook. And then rock the most unbelievable gowns on the red carpet that make us drop everything to stare, comment and critique. And then slip into jeans and bring a new level of respect to “effortless chic.” She can find the time – and the people – to give her the best blowouts known to man. But can also sport a messy bun on her way to dropoff, almost, but not quite, like the rest of us. She can keep her marriage closely under wraps, but somehow make us envy it at the same time. She can make you covet everything from her bed sheets to her favorite candles to her nail color. She can, and does, take pride in her relationships with her parents, her brother, her best friends from high school whose names we don’t know. She can sing (whether or not you think she should.) She can bust her butt to make it skinny post-kids and inspire us to do the same. She can act. Well. And seriously, she can cook. And motivated me to do the same, after 33 years of avoiding it and thinking it was simply never going to be my forte, and helped me learn to enjoy the process, the creativity, and the absolute pleasure of providing for my little family in a whole new way.

So, love her or hate her, as a young mother trying to balance it all and more in today’s world, it helps to have someone to admire who, most importantly, also helps you find moments where you admire yourself.

Happy birthday, Gwyneth.

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