Alicia Florrick of the TV series “The Good Wife”
(As played by Julianna Margulies)
(Also for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "S" is for "Stress")
I’m hoping you’ll know, or at least have heard of, this young woman.
“Young” woman? Well, she’s in her forties, and for someone my age that’s young.
I have come to realize that she’s a perfect model of the many gals of our time who “want it all.” They want a high-powered, and high-paying, job and they want to have a thriving marriage and to be a successful parent too.
She manages – almost - to do this. But it’s obvious her marriage isn’t as thriving as it could be, and her kids are having a rocky adolescence.
Sometimes she has to stop and wonder if this having-it-all stuff is a bit toxic, if it's really worth it. She works in the legal field and her days are crammed with meetings - and some of the meetings can get pretty fiery - and when the meetings stop the writing work begins: a never-ending stream of memos and reports. And the phone calls go on all day.
When she’s finally home she’s involved in her kids’ sporting events, music lessons, family meals, school problems, etc.
Of course, there are a great many folks throughout the land who would wonder, what’s she complaining about? What if she had our notoriously difficult life – like, for example, where’s our next meal coming from? Because it’s simply a fact that she is living a life of affluence.
She is very well paid for her work and, here’s the kicker, her husband is - the Governor! He makes a few bob in that line of work too, so as far as finances go the family is doing fine.
But still, I have to wonder how long she can keep this up. She loves her job, she loves her family, she loves her business career, and yes, she even likes the money. What she does not love is the stress and strain and the idea that one of these days she may collapse and have to take a year or two off just to recover.
I don’t know if it makes her story any more believable if I tell you that she isn’t actually a person, she’s a fictional character.
Who is she?
(The answer will be posted Saturday.)