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Posted in Nourishment for the Spirit » Kathy's Blog on Tuesday, April 26, 2011

  April 22, 2011

 Please Kristin, Be Cool!

 

When I found out SNL's Kristen Wiig was coming in the studio to promote "Bridesmaids" with one of her co-stars, I was worried.  Typically when a celeb does a publicity tour with a co-star, it means that celeb doesn't want to talk much during the interviews.  In many cases it's because they're famous for something else - like a different role, or some controversy going on in their personal life.

 

I was hoping that was NOT the case with Kristen.  She is such a riot on SNL, I imagined her coming here, talking about her movie, then breaking into one of her characters from SNL.  My hopes were dashed when I received this memo......

 

You cannot do any webcasts/video while doing the radio interview.  Because it will be Melissa and Kristen together we’ve been asked to give outlets a heads up that Kristen will not do any of her SNL characters during an interview.
 

Crap!  No Gilly.  No Target lady.  :(  In Kristen's defense, I get it.  It would get old to be asked at every interview to break into character and do something funny.  When I think about it, we don't ask other actors to break into characters from a past role.  On the other hand, we have had SNL stars in the studio willingly doing characters from the show.... Will Ferrell, Darrell Hammond, Molly Shannon.

 

 

Kristen Wiig was for me, that cool girl in high school you REALLY wanted to be friends with.  And, just like high school, I was left feeling a little dejected after getting the chance to 'hang' with her.  But I wasn't SO disappointed that I won't watch her on SNL and still crack up at everything she does!

 

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If you've visited my blog page in the past, you may be familiar with my mom's past struggle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.  Watching the way she handled her year-long treatment (resulting in remission!) was an incredible inspiration to everyone who knows her.  In early 2011, she discovered her lymphoma was back.  Her doctors told her the treatment would be much more of a 'challenge' compared to her first. 

Her treatment began in March and has already included transfusions, fevers, and several emergency trips back to the hospital.  As she has done for me - too many times to count - I did my best to pick her up, make her laugh, and just take her mind off the pain.  And then she went and sent this email to my sisters and brother.

You know how some mornings you are lying in bed and your thoughts circle above your head bringing back memories?  Well, it happened to me this morning.  I was thinking of all the e-mails I had gotten from everyone and how one of the key sentences was……You are strong/tough.  I started thinking about those words and how they have followed me my whole life. 

 

When all of you were young, I asked you what word best described me and all four of you said …strong or tough.  Of course, at the time I was looking for loving or kind or the best but it was “strong/tough”. 

 

Then my thoughts went back to when my mom was dying and we were sitting on her bed in our downstairs apartment in Harrisburg talking.  She was so concerned about Eric, who was only 15, and what was going to happen to him and I asked her , “But what about me?”……….and she said, Pat, you are strong, you will always make it.  Whaaaat.  My brother not strong??  I wanted her to feel those concerns for me because I sure felt like I was on shaky ground especially then.

 

 

 

 

More thoughts came to mind but it has seemed to be a theme throughout my life.  And, it brought up an interesting point.  What am I not seeing that everyone else is?  You don’t “feel” tough or strong.  There are times that you are downright vulnerable, or scared or confused or not knowing which way to go or even ready to cash it all in when things seem beyond your control.  What gives that certain person the ability “to make it” even when some of the odds aren’t on her side? 

 

Hmmmm.  So whatever it is, here we go again.

 

Thoughts from one tough old broad!!!

 

Mom, once again you found a way to leave an indelible impression on me with the strength and grace in which you have faced this latest challenge in your life.

 

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Then during the divorce from Bill I can remember how tough and scary it was to be responsible for 4 young lives, even when mine was so messed up and there were times I didn’t know if the 5 of us would make it but we did to the rallying cries of all my friends saying – “Pat, you are tough, you can do it”.   (Of course most of them also added …..but who would want a woman with 4 kids?)

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