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What made to movie really special for me was the introduction we got from the film's star Jennifer Garner who, juggling 3 kids, an awesome husband, and career took time out to speak to us a bit. I wanted to jump up and hug her when she was asked how does she find the balance between in all because it's a question I get asked a lot and never seem to have to right answer for but Jennifer was SPOT ON: THERE IS NO BALANCE!!!
I've heard some moms get real deep and say they have day schedules and prioritize daily responsibilities and blah blah blah, it doesn't apply in my life and I felt like FINALLY someone gets it. Jenn, yes we're friends now, says you have these roles that you have to play and these responsibilities that need to be met and you just DO IT. She reminded us that it's ok to not have all the answers and not be perfect parents and The Odd Life is a movie that highlights just that. There is no pressure to be the perfect parent, with the perfect kid, and the perfect life so don't put any on yourself. I was sold right then and there! And then the movie happened...
I won't give too much away because I really think you all should go and see it but miracles happen everyday, your child is a miracle, and the chance to soak it all in in the moment is an incredible blessing that can easily be overlooked. Do not look for the logic or reality in this movie, see it as a modern day fairy tale that hits home to kids from 5 to 65. Laugh when you can, hug often, and even if your kids don't have every single quality you dreamt he would it's ok, THEY ARE PERFECT! By the end of the movie everyone had the snifles and there wasn't a dry eye in the house. It's a great movie for tweens and teens getting comfy in their skin and for parents who think everything has to be mapped out and perfect. I walked away from the movie feeling much better about the kind of mother I am and the fact that I will make mistakes and that it's fine as long has Chunks knows he's loved. I couldn't wait to get home to him and smother him in kisses no matter how hard he screamed and shoved lol.
Thanks to lovely ladies of The Moms and Lipton and my new friend Jennifer for an awesome reminder and night.