Move Over Oprah, I Have a New Fantasy Celeb BFF
The other day I was trolling through my Facebook newsfeed and I saw some recent photos that my imaginary best friend Oprah had posted about a delightful impromptu Saturday lunch that she had with friends, and I began thinking, “Huh, god, I really wish that Oprah didn’t already have a best friend, because I think I could do well in that role.” But unfortunately for me, and fortunately for Gayle King, that role is sufficiently filled.
But today I came across the most recent edition of People magazine, and one of my all-time favorite leading ladies, Sandra Bullock, is on the cover. The headline reads: All the Love She Needs, Life with Louis, and I’ve decided despite my undying love for my girl Oprah – Sandra and I would make a much better match.
Come on, I can see us now, sipping out Starbucks lattes while chasing after our children who are close in age… our hair would look slightly messy, yet we would still look amazingly dewy and put together, while mastering the look of contentment and focus on our naturally made-up faces. Perhaps people would even mistake us for sisters.
Okay – no one is mistaking Sandra Bullock and I for sisters, but a girl can have dreams – no?
Anyway, I’ve always been slightly obsessed with Ms. Bullock and perhaps I’ve even mentioned a time or two how amazing it would be if she played me in the movie about my life. That movie, by the way, as of now, only exists in my head.
But that is not that point.
When the movie comes to fruition, Sandra would take me my idiosyncrasies and turn them from chafing to charming, just like she did in Miss Congeniality (2000). She would capture my passion to succeed for the sake of my daughter, and myself, much like she did in The Blind Side (2009). And she would accurately portray the softening of my personality, just as she did in The Proposal (2009). Yes, she would be so amazing that I would wonder if my own character is worthy of such a charismatic depiction.
But my mild infatuation with Sandra Bullock doesn’t end with my appreciation for her on screen ability. No, no, it goes way beyond that. In all seriousness, I developed a genuine (and perhaps slightly frightening) desire to be friends with her when the story broke about how she had adopted her beautiful son Louis just weeks before her marriage fell apart.
If my memory serves me correctly, I found out about Sandra’s single motherhood, when I was about 4 months pregnant, and very single myself. I will not pretend to have any idea on what took place in her marriage, but I will tell you that my heart went out to her in a very big way because I could relate to what I imagine was her public embarrassment from a life not going as planned, and that embarrassment only compounding the stresses of being solely responsible for another human being. If we were best friends, we could discuss that while we were cooling down from our evening jog with the kids.
We would also talk about our children’s obsessions – apparently little Louis has a Thomas the Tank Engine affinity, and my daughter Ellie is so obsessed with Elmo that I have begun to worry that she has crossed the line to abnormal. The only people that understand that kind of obsession are parents of toddlers. It is like nothing else I have ever seen in my entire life. Perhaps Sandra could offer some tips on staying sane after the umpteenth request for Elmo, or in her case, Thomas The Tank Engine. Or is she was asking me for suggestions, I would name a couple solid boxed wines to help ease the aggravation.
Once a month we would go out for girl’s night, where we would likely enjoy tequila based cocktails and ponder how the hell we will ever manage to begin dating again. Maybe she could help me wrap my mind around why it would ever be worth it to steal time away from my young daughter, in an effort to try to rebuild my personal life. Or maybe she would explain that she has the same types of questions, with as few answers as I have. Most likely we would discuss how we feel one way about dating one day, and feel totally different about it another day. Who knows, really?
But one thing I can almost bet on, even though I have never had the privilege of meeting Sandra, is that we would definitely discuss how shockingly fulfilling the love for our children really is. And really, there is nothing more awesome to bond over than that.
Which celebrity could see yourself becoming BFFs with?
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