Here was the best presentation from the Emmys: Will Ferrell, looking harried, wearing shorts and a t-shirt, apologizing to the glamorous audience assembled at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. “Helen Mirren and Maggie Smith dropped out at the last second,” he said breathlessly, “and they called me literally 45 minutes ago and I couldn't find childcare.”
Standing next to him were his three young sons, two wearing their soccer uniforms and the littlest, sporting shorts and rain boots, clenching a security blanket.
Yes, Will Ferrell most likely has a team of nannies. But his exhausted frustration rang true: “We had a soccer game, there was a neighbor's birthday party, there was a nut allergy, I totally didn't have time to do my hair, either.”
I can sympathize, because soccer runs my life right now, and because he followed it by telling his sons not to play Angry Birds. And then he reversed himself and said they could if they shared. And then he tried to act professionally, wondering aloud why no one was taking him seriously.
When he was on stage embodying the working parent who is simultaneously failing at parenting and working, it was, to millions of parents watching, the most winning moment of the night.
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