Wednesday, October 3, 2018

I Heart Murphy Brown

Collin describes himself as "center left" and me as "center right." That was a pretty accurate description of us until the last election. Now, we're both firmly anti-Trump. 

And we both love Murphy Brown.

I've been a fan since the original series (1988-1998). We both watch the reruns on Antenna TV. And now, there's the reboot, which premiered last week. Loved the first episode. Can't wait to see what else she has to say about the Nightmare on Pennsylvania Avenue.

I have a lot in common with Murphy (Candice Bergen), career choice and Betty Ford Clinic aside. We both have short fuses. Our censors have been asleep at the wheel since we could talk (okay, maybe not that far back). We love good pranks and have been known to stage more than a few. We're both single mothers of sons whose fathers...well, maybe it's best not to go there. We've both had issues with certain politicians. We both suck at relationships (it took me a long time to realize I didn't even want to be married--or anything remotely like marriage).

Murphy and I both stand up for what we believe, even when everybody else thinks we're wrong...or nuts. Our censors are almost always asleep at the wheel. We don't play well with idiots. 

Recently, the episode aired in which Murphy discovered she was pregnant and struggled with the decision as to whether or not she would have the baby. She doubted she was cut out for motherhood. I never considered not having Collin, but I did doubt my mothering skills. So did my parents. Mom said women are hit with the maternal instinct at the birth of their baby.

"You must have ducked," she told me. 

I remember once, being out with Mom, running into someone she knew. The woman took one look at my bump and said, "I didn't know you got married."

I feigned dismay. "Crap! I knew I forgot something!"

A friend from high school was also surprised to see me pregnant. "How did that happen?" she wanted to know.

"I know you slept through most of high school, but I thought you at least got through sex ed," I said.

Murphy was nervous when she brought her baby home from the hospital. I can relate. She asked Eldin (Robert Pastorelli) if he thought she'd be a good mother. "No," he said, "but I will."

Murphy had Eldin. I had Mom and Dad.

I recall once, early in the original series' run, being on the phone with a fellow author when she made note of the time, reminding me that Murphy Brown would soon be on. "I love Murphy Brown," I told her.

There was laughter on the other end of the line. "Why am I not surprised?" she asked. 



  1. I'm sure Collin has told you what an exceptional mother you are and your surprised parents look through the heavens and smile.

    1. Collin would be the first to tell you I was lacking in certain mothering skills. And Mom and Dad are probably relieved that Mom was around until Collin was almost 20. 😁

  2. I expect Eve is right on that one.

    I know what it's like to not play well with idiots.

    I wonder if anyone's asked Dan Quayle what he thinks of the return. In retrospect, Dan doesn't look all that bad compared to the current crop of GOP.

    1. Welcome to the I Don't Heart Idiots Club!

      Yep, Quayle was a genius compared to our current, uh, whatever he is.

      Quayle was right about one thing, though. Kids need both parents. It doesn't always work out that way, and we single parents do what we can to make up for it, but God made us in pairs for a reason.

  3. I think you have been a very good Mum. No matter with all the stuff that has happened, you found a way to take care of Collin and your Mum. You and Collin are a family even if he has just one parent.

    cheers, parsnip and badger

    1. We're in a very good place now, but he still laughs about my ineptitude in diaper changing and other things that come easily to most mothers!

  4. I think one good parent is better than a disfunctional marriage Norma, Collin is testament to that. Loved Murphy Brown too, will have to watch out for the new series ✨

    1. Murphy took on Trump in the first episode, and last night, she managed to sneak into a White House press briefing!


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