Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Mama Fierce

I developed an alter ego when I studied for the bar, and this girl was great. She was capable of studying for twelve hours, every day, all summer. She got ready in the morning. She loved contract law. She went to bed at 8:30 at night. And she wasn't someone you'd invite to a party, but she could pass the bar. Once at dinner with some friends I tried to explain this by saying, “You know, like Sasha Fierce” and I got three blank stares: one blank stare from a Harvard graduate, one blank stare from a Yale graduate, one blank stare from a Stanford graduate.

And I was like, “GET SOME CULTURE, ya Philistines.”

I love the Sasha Fierce concept. It makes sense to me that if you’re really stretching yourself, you’ll eventually be confronted with situations that seem completely incompatible with your personality, but if you want to be like BeyoncĂ©, you have to find a way to get onto that stage.

Everyone says that parenthood changes you, but I one hundred percent refused to believe that one day I would be non-nurturing, sleep-loving, barely-self-suffient Brittney and the next day, I’d be Mom. I expected that being a mother to a newborn would require a Mama Fierce of some kind, but Everyone was right. "Parenthood changes you," and I didn’t need an alter ego for this.



  1. <3
    Also now that I'm not in college anymore and living with my hip, pop culture loving roommate, I am soooo uncultured. And not because I'm a super smart graduate of smart things with more important things to think about....I'm just a 65 year old lady on the inside. Well, a 65 yer old lady who knows how to use Wikipedia and IMDB to fill herself in on references that go over her head.
    But I DID get the Sasha Fierce thing ;)

    And Jack's posing is hysterical.

  2. I have never been more proud to call you my sister.

  3. I've probably read this twenty times and I like it more on every read.


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