If you watched the Today show Friday morning, you know why.
If you read Suburban Bliss, you know why.
If you read any of these blogs, you know why.
You still don't know? Really, do I have to tell you people everything? (All 42 of you?)
Alright, let me sum up:
Melissa Summers writes a blog called Suburban Bliss. (The martini with the pacifier in it is her logo.)
A few months ago, she was embroiled in the debate over Cocktail Playgroups. (Look away little Johnny, mommy is drinking WINE. The horror!)
Meredith Vieira interviewed Melissa along with Janet Taylor, a corporate stress management coach who thinks drinking to relax sends the wrong message to children. Well fine, that is her opinion. The problem is she kept repeating the same statement over and over again in obvious confusion between staying on message and rote repetition. Not only was it annoying, it did not convince me in the least that drinking alcohol in front of children is a bad thing.
The part where she is okay with moms AND dads drinking alcohol at backyard BBQs may have something to do with my dismissal of her condemnation of mom-only gatherings. I wonder what she would say about a father-son outing to a baseball game where dad orders a bucket of beer.
My problem with Meredith Vieira is this: real journalists ask hard questions, not stupidly irrelevant questions that do not further the discussion. For example: What's the difference between a group of babysitters getting together and drinking alcohol while they oversee their charges versus a group of mothers getting together for playgroup and having wine with their goat cheese salad? What's the difference? Yes, she actually asked that.
See the video for Melissa's response. (Total length is about 7 minutes. Melissa's segment starts at 2:37.) And while you are watching, take note of Meredith's facial expressions. Is it just me or does she look like an ad for constipation*? (Meow)
*Props to Erma Bombeck for that line. May [insert deity of choice] have mercy on her hilarious soul.