The Client List
How Far Would You Go For Your kids?
I'll be the first to admit this- I am a pushover when it comes to my kids. I don't ever want to spoil them and yet I find it so hard to keep myself from giving them everything and anything. I want them to be strong and self sufficient and yet I can usually be found hovering over them if it is at all humanely possible to do so. I am full of contradictions and yet I know I need to present a united front to them when it comes to their father and me being on the same page in our efforts to parent them. Still ask me if there is anything I wouldn't do for them- to keep those smiles pasted permanently on their mugs and to have them wrap their arms around me and profess their undying devotion (which NEVER gets old) and I'll tell you (and anyone else for that matter) that I am determined to provide my kids with anything in the realm of my power.
Perhaps at 27 when I was pregnant with my first child I couldn't comprehend the magnitude of just how parenting my kids would inform every decision for the rest of my life, but in hindsight clearly it has. Ten years ago I had no idea the lengths I was capable of going to, to protect my kids both spiritually and of course physically. I don't think I fully understood how inextricably linked my sense of peace and contentment would be with theirs and that my once singular existence, wherein my only concerns were my well-being and needs, would ultimately take a major backseat to my children's welfare. Case in point, this past weekend it was all kids all the time, sleepovers, piano and gymnastics lessons, play dates and ten years later I *hardly* miss going out to dinner, drinking as much wine as I can get down my gullet and the next morning frittering the day away with scones, coffee and my laptop in bed (as opposed to making pancakes and hauling kids all over the place).
Which brings me to the new Jennifer Love Hewitt Lifetime series the Client List, in which Love Hewitt's character portrays a mom who in order to provide for her kids accepts work in a brothel. Yes, she takes on sex work to keep food in her kids' bellies and provide them with shelter, a warm bed and the securities that no child should be denied. So here I am pontificating about just how far I would go for my kids, that there is nothing I conceivably would not do to ensure their comfort and safety, but hooking on a street corner and providing sexual favors in exchange for money, well I would sooner take a job stocking supermarket shelves, working as a chambermaid or any other service type job that didn't involve sexually serving a stranger. I think being in a position where you want to protect your kids can drive you to lengths you never even considered you'd go and yet, selling my body? Well I just don't think I could do it. Could you, would you?
Jennifer Love Hewitt does what she has to for her family in Lifetime's new original drama The Client List. Premiering April 8, 10pm/9c.
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