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The Queen's Jubilee: Mom Talk

How the pomp and circumstance of all things royal hit home right here in Chicagoland.

Watching the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, I realize I'm a Royals junkie. I love watching everything about them. Of course, it was Diana who got me hooked. Still, the Queen of England is certainly a fascinating woman.

It all started when Lady Di's carriage clip-clopped across my TV screen. Her wedding gown oozed out like frosting. She totally charmed me with her shyness. I dreamed about having a fairytale wedding like hers. Ever loyal, I hated Charles when they were divorced. I blamed the Queen, too.

Then when Diana died, my heart broke. I wanted to reach out and hug those young princes as if to say, "Don't worry Diana, we will help take care of your boys for you." I realize how absurd that sounds. I wasn't a mom then, but I still felt so attached to the situation.

Two days later, we lost Mother Theresa, another mother-hero. I ached. It seemed like a whole week passed with me in tears on the sofa watching funerals far away.

Now that I am a mother, my second-biggest worry (after keeping my kids safe) is keeping us, their parents, safe. I hold my breath as my husband does dangerous jobs around the house. And yes, I even have learned to slow down as I drive. I know, I know, shocking but true. The thought of orphaning my own children has forced extreme measures. I think of Diana and ease up a little on the gas.

As if my opinion mattered, I forgave Charles and the Queen over time. I accept Camilla, and yes, I've even come to like her hats. I credit Helen Mirren's acting in The Queen, and yummy Colin Firth in The King's Speech for this paradigm shift. I don't care if these movies are accurate. They made me like the unlikable royals.

Admiring the queen is especially peculiar since it offends my Irish sensibilities. I justify it though, because I still have no use for Maggie Thatcher.

So when William and Kate were married, I wanted to watch the whole show. I felt like they were close friends.

Now, I often find myself flipping to late night documentaries on Harry or Margaret. I had to watch the Queen's Jubilee. I don't care who you are, 60 years of dedication to anything deserves a flotilla.

I'm a junkie. I can't get the Royals monkey off my back. I think I'll go make a cup of tea.

Lysa Heaton June 06, 2012 at 01:18 PM
I loved reading this!!! Being Welsh but raised in England, enjoying the royal family wasn't something I was ever supposed to do (I can relate to you being Irish).....but secretly I was addicted to them too! Diana started it all for me and just like you and detested Charles and the Queen after she died. I cried yesterday watching the Jubilee though and almost surprised myself at how emotional I felt trying to explain to my children how amazing it is the the Queen has reigned for so long! Reading your article is almost like you took words from my own mind! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it!.....now time for me to make my morning tea!
Jeanne Hall June 06, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I've always had great respect for Queen Elizabeth & the British Royal Family, despite their past troubles & controversies. I watched the concert last night on T.V. (Or, the "telly")with will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones (I didn't know he had been knighted), Sir Elton John (love his music, hate his lifestyle), Sir Paul McCartney (70 now- woo, I feel so old!). It was a "jolly good show" & I thoroughly enjoyed it. Congratulations, Your Majesty!
Erin Gallagher June 06, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Thanks, Lysa, for letting me know! When writing this, I thought maybe I was the only one. :)
Joseph Bloseph June 06, 2012 at 10:25 PM
The whole thing is a big joke. Who gives a snap about some old bag, its all about tourism anyways. Oh ya the lady above me basically said she hates gay people. Why do you guys delete comment after comment because someone may be offended but keep the gay bashing comment? Get with the program people. "Hate his lifestyle" means "hate gay people" Jeanne you should feel old because judging by your believes you are old.
John Moreli June 07, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Who gives a crap!

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