My 15 Seconds of Fame — Or Was It 10?

I’ve gotten a lot of the same comments this week when I’ve been out and about: “Hey, I saw you on TV!”

Yes, that was me you saw on the TV screen as you munched your breakfast and flipped through the channels, trying to find something worth watching. For about 10 whole seconds, my daughter and I were beamed into living rooms across the nation via Good Morning America. I will forever be known among my friends as the mom who admitted on national television that she doesn’t bother to sit her kid down to eat cereal in the morning; we’re a grab-and-go type.

That’s all I had to say about the decline in cereal sales.

Or at least, that’s all America saw.

I had a lot more to say about the impossible strain American moms put on themselves when they log on Pinterest and see these impossibly perfect breakfasts that uber moms are supposedly making every single morning for their kids.

I talked about the need to balance nutrition against the need to get my night owl kid some much needed shut eye in the morning.
I talked about the strain put on working parents who are trying to maximize time.
I knew very little would make it on the air. That’s how these things go. My daughter was filmed all around our house: eating a breakfast bar (at 9 o’clock at night mind!), playing with the dog, and later “getting” that breakfast bar from me. Yes, they filmed her getting the bar after they filmed her eating it. I guess it’s a good thing I’d just stocked up on more breakfast bars?
He filmed her getting up and down from the same stool some 5 or 6 times.
For folks in the TV industry, this is the norm.
For those of us aren’t in the TV industry, it’s a little strange.
Imagine your dining room being filled with lights and booms and mikes and cameras, your living room being disassembled and reassembled.
And then the same thing happening in your kitchen.
In all, there was a camera man in my house for an hour and a half.
For about 10 seconds of airplay and that one sentence on cereal.

But hey, at least people noticed!

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