Friday, December 28, 2007

The Holiday's single-parent speech

Jude Law plays a sweet, smart widower with two children in "The Holiday," now out on DVD, a tear-jerker love story about two women (Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz) who swap homes in London and L.A. to heal their heartaches. Law is Winslet's brother who meets and falls in love with Diaz, who discovers later that he's a single dad, not a man-about-town with lots of ladies phoning him. Why did he conceal this, Diaz wants to know. Here's what he said:
Until I get to know someone really well, it's easier for me to be a normal single guy, because it's way too complicated to be who I really am.

I'm a full-time dad.

I'm a working parent.

I'm a mother and a father.

I'm a guy who reads parenting books and cookbooks before I go to sleep. I spend my weekends buying tutus. I'm learning to sew. I'm Mr. Napkin-Head.

I'm on some kind of constant overload and it helps to compartmentalize my life, just till I figure this out.

This past weekend, the children were with their grandparents. And when they're gone, I get to be somebody who doesn't have hot chocolate spilled on his jeans.

I have no idea how to date and be this.

And I suppose there's the possibility I'm afraid of what another person might do to who we are and how we get from one day to the next.

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