Tuesday, January 3, 2012

All In

Diane Keaton said her father, then dying of brain cancer, told her to take more risks with her heart. Diane Keaton. Annie Hall. The one who dated Pacino and looks that good on Medicare. Iconic already chiseled into her tombstone. 
If only I could touch success, beauty and hutzpah like hers. 
Yet I learned Diane and I share something. We both risked our hearts through adoption. My risk is called Ava. Her risks are called Dexter and Duke. 
Even when the papers have been signed, the t’s crossed and the i’s dotted, there will be no certainty in this terrifying, this intoxicating role called Mom.   
Yet Diane and I plunged into this canyon of doubt. We leapt with faith. We pushed all in. 

She's still got me beat. She did it alone. And at 50 and 55. Badass.


  1. I love me some Diane Keaton. I love me some Amie Heasley. So, you know, you guys have that in common too. Although, let me make this observation - with Ms. Keaton's schedule and lifestyle, I guarantee you she didn't do it alone. Her help just gets paid in more than kisses and snarky quips :)

  2. So true. I guess I meant as a single parent, but props to the "real" single parents. No clue how you'd get by day to day without a partner or an obscenely high-paid nanny.