Will Farrell’s Sunday night bit at the Emmy’s was so funny…and so not funny all at the same time. In case you missed it because you were scrambling to pack lunches for the week, find that homework paper you needed to sign for the teacher or catching up on the work emails that piled up in your inbox over the weekend, Farrell showed up to present the final two awards for the night with his adorable three boys in tow. Dressed in soccer gear with one kid carrying his blankie and another fiddling with Daddy’s iPad, Farrell explained to the audience that he’d just gotten the call 45 minutes earlier to present the awards and was dragging his kids along because he couldn’t find child care at the last minute. Funny stuff that got big laughs from the audience. I thought it was funny too but in that way that comedy is only great when it rings true.
Farrell’s comedy bit though is a real life conundrum for many moms, and dads, on an all true frequent basis. Unfortunately for those of us not on the awards show circuit it isn’t ever all that funny. How many times have you had your carefully laid child care plans fall all to pieces at the last minute and been left scrambling for a solution? And when your frantic calls don’t find anyone able to help you out, you end up dragging your kids along and praying they don’t make a scene, talk too loud, say something inappropriate or have an all out meltdown? We’ve all been there and it’s never funny. The boss most certainly isn’t laughing. And we are stuck in the awkwardly awful position of trying to juggle work and family duties and usually dropping one if not both balls. It always feels like an epic fail. And it’s never funny.
I don’t know about you but in our house every day is a down-to-the-minute scheduling feat with little if any room for error. One blip and the whole ship goes down — and your career ambitions right along with it. Who hasn’t thought at least once that if so-and-so would just schedule their life/manage their time better these types of last minute disasters could be averted? Obviously, so-and-so just doesn’t have their act together. I was super guilty of this kind of thinking before I had a kid. Now I’m the one on the other side reading these thoughts on the faces of those looking at me with a mix of pity and disdain when I’m dragging my daughter to some meeting no one wants her at and where she doesn’t want to be. And it’s never funny.
So thanks Will Farrell for bringing a bit of real life drama to the Emmy’s and giving us all a good laugh. I’ll be thinking of you next time this happens and wondering why no one in the room is laughing. Except for maybe me, the crazy mom who just doesn’t have her act together yet.