It's very rare that I can think of a non-disease related physical trial that seems tougher than pregnancy.
Of course, I've never been pregnant. But short of having limbs and other things amputated with a butter knife, I don't think I've ever read about anything that comes even close.
However, that doesn't mean that other Herculean physical efforts aren't also incredible and deserving of gracious acknowledgement and sometimes praise.
Unfortunately, no one read the memo to actress Jennifer Lopez, who had twins about six months ago.
Apparently yesterday following a segment on Good Morning America, in which Lopez announced that she was in training for a triathlon, she was overheard complaining that she didn't understand all the hype surrounding Michael Phelps's sweep of all eight of his events in the Beijing Olympics.
According to MSNBC.com, J. Lo insisted that the bigger story was that a woman (her) who had babies six months ago was training for a triathlon. She couldn't even remember Phelps's name and referred to him as "that swimmer."
To her credit, Lopez is training for a charitable cause, and plans to donate money raised for the triathlon. Still, she could have shown Phelps the respect he earned.
Normally having given birth is the example I'd hold up to any guy who whines that he has it so tough. I'd point to a mom who's recently given birth and say something like "What you've done is run of the mill. What she's done? Now that's extraordinary."
Yet, I don't feel compelled to use that example today. I think Michael Phelps deserves all the props he gets. And I'm happy for J. Lo that she's a mom (even though her movies Wang Chung). So I'm gonna bite my tongue and rein in my fingers before they get me in trouble.
I'll let you guys opine. We're still feeling the after effects of Tropical Storm Fay, so I have to get back to my storm-related scribbling for now.