Disclosure: I am not a big fan of Gwyneth Paltrow. Still, I totally get that people (specifically, parents) do and say some very silly things sometimes, expensive words like "conscious uncoupling" and "co-parenting" make my brain itch.
On the other hand, I use made-up phrases all the time (much to the chagrin of my grammarly-gifted friends) so I can certainly relate to the assumption that there may have been a little snark sprinkled in, because...HELLO WORLD!!!....Paltrow's got a personal lifestyle website to maintain.
So, it's no surprise that news organizations and the internets were more than ready, willing and able to start dissecting her marriage...her relationships...both business and personal, past and present...the way she eats, talks, dresses...her very character...as a person and a mom...as we speak.
I mean, wow! I can't imagine living in THAT sort of bubble or say that I would want to, especially when being called out for saying something silly or debating which mom's job is harder.
Pssst, my best guess: ALL OF THEM.
Still, I can't help but think to myself...meh, Gwyneth is living her reality...not mine...and I feel a little sad for her, even.
Her marriage is breaking up and the ENTIRE world is watching AND has an opinion.
So, since we're getting all opinionatey and stuff (and by we're, I mean me're), I'm pretty sure that Gwyneth would have a real hard time relating to me, too (either?) or the THRILL of:
- Coming across loose change in the dryer AND the washer still works
- Pulling on a warm pair of jeans AND finding a five dollar bill in your back pocket
- Looking for that grocery list you threw into your purse AND pulling out a DOUBLE coupon
- Successfully maneuvering your way out of the carpool lane...with both bumpers...still intact
- Pouring gas treatment into your car AND then having the check engine light go out
- Crying your way home/work/or both, wondering how you will EVER make it through the rest of the day AND then everyone at the four-way stop lets YOU go first
Long story, short: we don't know, what we don't know, but I'm pretty sure uncoupling is NOT a real word.
Oh, hang on, but according to Webster:
un-cou-ple, transitive verb \-ˈkə-pəl\ :to separate or disconnect (something) from something else.
Oh, but wait, not according to Urban Dictionary:
uncoupling isn't defined. Can you define it?
Ohhhhhh, Gwyneth. I'm so sorry. Clearly, we can't be friends. /snark
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