Mom was on a roll today*. We were driving home, and she was all abuzz about Tiger Woods' upcoming news conference. After making sure I was aware of the scheduled date, time and format (this Friday, 8 am, a statement lasting 5-7 minutes, no questions), her hopes and dreams for him came pouring out.
Me: Are you really going to watch that, Mom?
Her: Oh yes! Everyone will. Oprah's going to be watching, too. Before all this mess, Oprah said he was the son she never had**. You just know she's been crushed. We all have.
Me: I'm OK, actually.
Her: You know what I mean. It's just so sad to see that family falling apart. The kids are so little! I've been hoping and praying for them to stay together.
Me: But he's completely abused the whole notion of what it means to be a husband and a father!
Her: I know, I know. But guess what?
Her: He bought her a yacht.
Me: He bought her a yacht?
Her: Yes. That's such a good sign.
Me: A sign of what?
Her: For the marriage! That they're communicating! He had to at least talk to her enough to know where to send it, right?
Her: It's a start anyway.
* Her other observation was about how nice it was that Hillary didn't leave Bill, so that when he had his heart attack the other day, Chelsea didn't have to choose between her parents and they could all just visit each other as a family.
** True story. The episode aired in 2002.