Sunday, September 13, 2009

Julie & Julia

Got out to the cinema for the first time in MONTHS last night.

I'm interviewing a lady called J.udith Jones on Tuesday as part of the Ham and High Lit Fest - H&H being the paper i wrote for full time and now do part-time. My event is here

J.udith Jones was the publisher who first discovered Julia C.hilds. She' s now 80 something and still working hard. When I agreed to do the event I had no idea who she was. I'm now quite nervous but also excited. What an opportunity to network with some fantastic women!

Anyway, I thought I should see the movie before Tuesday and I'm so glad i did. It's fantastic. I enjoyed every minute and was so engrossed that I laughed, welled up, sighed, exclaimed etc throughout. I felt so much in common with both ladies, who were both as into their food as I am and who managed to make it their careers. Mr G said so much of it reminded him of me.

What I didn't know and what was touched on very lightly was that JC was infertile. She passed a pram early on and made a face, and later in the film, burst into floods of tears when her sister wrote to her to tell her she was pg. It made me cry. I so felt her pain with her. We've all been there and we'll all keep on going back there.

I realised i'm pretty emotional at the moment. Not sure if it's because we're heading into our journey to try for B's sibling or what really. All around me women are deciding when they're going to try for their second, like they just can - and they can. Some are already pg. It makes me so angry that we just can't do that. They take that luxury for granted. not even realising what a blessing that is. I know we have our blessing, but this time i'm not apologising for how I feel. This never goes away and will always cause Mr G and I pain. Obviously we do still have B and that makes a huge difference, but we're still not like all those carefree fertiles.

Anway - go see the movie if you haven't already. It's excellent. (Not sure if they're trying to make the point that if JC had had children she might not have written the book nor if i'm a little uncomfortable about that, but perhaps that's getting a little 'deep' about the whole thing)


Alex and Jill said...

I saw the movie last week and loved it. I started crying during the scene of her reading her sister's letter. I told Alex, "how many times has that been us?" Except it was a phone call. And I spoke those exact words to him. I've been meaning to blog about this movie...have yet to do so.

Have fun at the event...can't wait to read about it. :)

Almamay said...

I read a biography about Lucille Ball "I Love Lucy" and didn't realise that she went through years of IF to start her family. I always loved her comedy but picked up a pathos about her that added depth to her work. IF is all around us if you look.

Soapchick said...

Yeah I loved that movie too and I didn't know Julia Childs was infertile....yes I know it was probably from marrying later in life...but that's my issue too, so I related to her very much. Fab movie and I would go see it again in a heartbeat.