I woke up this morning to a ridiculous cover story on the New York Post, a paper my husband gets because he likes its sports section above everyone else’s. This isn’t surprising–every morning The Post’s cover stories are overblown and outrageous, and I like sliding the red plastic cover off just to see how low they’ve stooped, or how punny their headline is. Today’s was just insane though–“Chirlane’s Heart- Wrenching Confession: I Was a Bad Mom.”
Bruce Golding took some lines out of a 6,000-word profile of Chirlane McCray in New York Magazine–in which she makes an honest statement about motherhood being a tough adjustment, as it was for me and every mother I know–and twists them into insane allegations that she “looked for any excuse to keep away from her little girl.”
This is the choice sentiment Golding quotes, which McCray told Lisa Miller in NY Mag:
“The truth is, I could not spend every day with her. I didn’t want to do that. I looked for all kinds of reasons not to do it.”
He then tries to make Chirlane into a monster because of it. (Or just manufacture a story that would grab people’s attention.)
“The disclosure — bound to horrify most moms — shatters the carefully crafted image of de Blasio’s close-knit family, which helped vault him into office.”
HA! This is far from horrifying. This is honest. Show me one mom who can spend every day with her child and not go insane. I don’t know one. Little kids will drive you bonkers. I just got back from four days away from my kids and it was heaven. I haven’t had a better trip in I don’t know when, and I love my little buggers to death.
Golding must not have kids or if he does, he must have married a robot who raised them for him, because he has no clue how parents really feel about parenting. I still try to find other things to do than spend every day with my kids, and they are now 5 and 2. The fact that she admits it was hard for her just makes her more relatable, and the New York Post even more of a shitty tabloid for twisting her words.