You go, girl!

Fri, January 19, 2007


While I was perusing the On Balance blog at the Washington Post this morning (which poses some good questions today about our fantasy vs. reality parenting expectations), I followed a link to this great interview at Esquire with Katie Couric.

She’s been taking a pounding since she took over the anchor chair at CBS.

She’s starting to pound back.

I know if I was in her shoes (OK, that’s another fantasy for another day), I would be seriously worrying about all the nay-sayers questioning my ability to be a “serious” anchor and whether a woman could pull the CBS Evening News out of its perennial third place slump.

But I’ve got to love a woman who answers the questions the way she did and then, in a moment of amazing fortitude, and, dare I say, moxie, tells Esquire Magazine (which apparently dumped on her in a prior article), and I quote because it is so good:

“Bite me.”

Maybe I wouldn’t use those words in my life (or maybe, I would — depends on the day), but I’d like to cultivate more of that attitude in my life.

You don’t like me? Don’t like my work? Got a problem with what I’m wearing today?

Well, that’s your problem.

The power in the ability to be that confident in oneself is amazing.

That’s the kind of confidence I lacked growing up (and still can’t find sometimes), but I hope I can help instill that in Rachel.

Not that I want her to send those words back my way (hopefully not for another few years, anyway), but imagine if we could give our daughters the gift of being that secure and confident in their own styles and their own choices.

Imagine what the world would look like then.

It’s an awesome vision.

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8 Responses to “You go, girl!”

  1. Mamma Says:

    It’s a fabulous vision!!!

    Though a few gazillion dollars probably makes it a bit easier too.

  2. Mixter Says:

    See, I wouldn’t have been as nice as Katie was… But that’s me.


  3. Lawyer Mama Says:

    I saw that on On Balance too. Bite me. I love it!

  4. Queen of the Mayhem Says:

    I have spent a lifetime searching for that very same confidence! Passing something you lack to your daughter is a difficult task! I love that! I may tell Mr. Mayhem that tonight! (hee-hee)

    PS: I did not mean that as dirty as it sounded!

  5. Mrs. Chicky Says:

    Sometimes I love that woman.

  6. Jenny Says:

    Amen, amen, amen!

  7. ffbgirl Says:

    As one of I am sure many women who also yearn for greater self confidence and the ability to place less emphasis on what others think, I thank you! Your vision is one that I share! On the flipside of that, my worries of passing these issues on are on my list when I think about having kids. I am so like my own mother in terms of self esteem… My sister (who doesn’t have the whole low self esteem issue) said it best, just the other day, that her high self esteem is a daily choice. That she chooses not to hear that ugly voice I so often hear in my head. I work daily on that. Maybe that is what we can pass along to the next generation–the ability to ignore self doubt… The ability to say bite me. Thanks for making me think about this!

  8. Damselfly Says:

    “Bite me.” That’s so Katie!

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