That's not exactly a flattering nickname.
But, it does sound like Felicity Huffman is a bit like her Desperate Housewives character, Lynette Scavo.
Felicity explains how she got the unfortunate moniker:
"One Saturday, when my girls were about 3 and 4, we were pulling out of the driveway on our way to the Natural History Museum. I had worked a long week — lots of 15 hour days — and finally gotten to sleep by 1 a.m., and then woke up at 6 a.m. with the kids.
[I] had been working hard [and the kids said] Papa gets 'Papa time' and we get 'The Grump.'"
After also they also described her as an "anxious mother," Felicity went on to say:
"After all my effort and exhaustion and sacrificing, she wasn't going to remember the museum or the snack or the wonderful adventure. She was just going to remember that she was on an outing with 'The Grump.' Something snapped and I knew what I was doing wasn't working."
It upset her so much, she started "sobbing so hard I could barely talk."
So, she later realized:
"Any damage I would inflict by trying to be a 'good mother' far, far outweighed any damage I would do by just being myself.
Maybe good mothers can pretend to be Poobah for two hours and go on endless trips to museums and parks. But I can read out loud for hours, I can build forts all afternoon, I can really listen when things go wrong and I am great when the flu hits. I now try and accept my limits."
LOL. Oh dear… No mother wants to be called "grumpy" by her children, but it's very challenging to juggle work and children, especially with someone as hard-working as Felicity.
Seems like she's been able to find a solution that's turning that frown upside down.
Good for her!
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