Newscasters breathlessly report: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt officially tied the marriage knot.
One said, "Oh, look at Brad Pitt there with his kids. He's always so tender with them, you can just see it on his face. If only my husband was that kind of father! Those two have it made!"
Her friend said, "Yeah, and they're so sweet together, so in love. Think of the beautiful life they live, traveling the world, living in huge mansions. Oh, what I've give . . . "
Peeling back the curtain
Let's do a reality check.
These two--like many celebrities--employ several day nannies and night nannies, tutors, hairdressers, makeup artists, personal trainers, wardrobe people, chefs, housekeepers, bodyguards, etc.
Who among us couldn't look glamorous (or at least much better) if we had a personal staff?
Reportedly, this couple flies with an entourage. No wonder they emerge from their chartered jet with perfect hair, makeup and looking fresh. Couldn't we, too?
Besides, if photographers waited you and I would indeed look deleriously happy, even if we'd just had a fight with our husbands.
As for photo shoots
I learned not to be fooled by celebrity features in magazines like People when I read how many support people stand around off-camera.
- Photographer's assistants
- Makeup artists, first to apply it and then to dab shiny noses and refresh lip color
- Wardrobe people equipped with extra clothing items and alternate outfits
- Nannies to keep track of the star's children when the celebrity isn't holding them
- The star's agent, so all is in keeping with contracts.
- Each star's personal assistant(s)
- Public relations people from the studio, the station or publication.
The point is . . .
Let's stop envying celebrities and appreciate the real people and our real life. Most of us could say . . .
Whatever our husband is or isn't, he's there and hasn't quit. Whatever his pluses or minuses, we know we can count on his love, even after a rough day. He may be an imperfect dad, but he stays and keeps on trying.
Sure, we get tired and life can feel unexciting. Sometimes we feel overwhelmed by juggling our responsibilities. Yet we keep on loving and giving day after day. Let's give ourselves a pat on the back, too.
Our children know they are loved, even off-camera.
Maybe we can think of 50 things we'd love to do to our home. Still, it's home, where most marital and family life take place. Even when our children go off to their own lives, they still come "home." Within these walls we're free to be ourselves and grow and love.
Perhaps our marriage is not the kind we once dreamed of, but still, we're there for each other. We always know at least one other person is on our side and cheering us on. There is yet time.
That's quite a lot when you think about it.
Life is good and we are blessed. . . in many ways.
Especially if we're Christians.
(Jesus said) "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." --John 10:10
Wishing you joy in your everyday,