When I woke up last Wednesday and did my usual morning stroll over to People.com with coffee in hand and a smile on my face, the headline read "Meet Sandra's New Baby!" I did a quick, "What the what?!" and kept reading. That smile on my face just grew bigger and bigger.
How could it not? Just look at this photo.
I've written about Sandra before on "I Heart Pop Culture Tuesdays" because she just seems like a really cool chick. The kind of person you wish was your real life friend. Then Jesse went and broke our girl's heart and, in turn, broke ours. I know, I know... I'm being awfully dramatic, but pop culture does that to me. You see, that's what I love about women. When our friends hurt, we hurt. When the news broke that Jesse was a womanizing son-of-a-gun with a penchant for homewreckers with face tattoos, women everywhere felt like their best girlfriend was in pain... and we were angry.
Now, after seeing this photo and seeing how happy the new little man in her life makes her, it's hard to be anything other than happy, too. And, call me crazy, but the look on Sandy's face makes me think she's never known a love like that before.
During awards season, Sandra's poignantly articulate speeches made me fall in love with her all over again. Now, looking back, it's pretty obvious that she had fallen in love herself with her new baby and, although she hadn't shared her good news with the world yet, she was a changed woman. She thanked "the moms that take care of the babies and the children no matter where they come from." She also talked about her own mom, "She taught us that there's no race, no religion, no class system, no color, nothing, no sexual orientation that makes us better than anyone else. We are all deserving of love."
Sing it, sister. So, even though it's only Tuesday afternoon, I raise my - symbolic, unfortunately - glass to Sandra. To new beginnings, happy endings and the love we all deserve.