"Do yourself a favor... don't have kids... Ruins you ambitions, keeps you from what you want in life... I'm not a good mother... Kids are like clients, they want all of you, all the time. Don't get me wrong. I love my son... Love's nothing, love's easy. They come out of you, you love them. What you do after - that's the hard part."
Damages, Season 1, episode 1
Written by Todd Kessler,
Glenn Kessler, Daniel Zelman
The Frustrated CFO's comments:
I watched this and thought, "Wow! This is hard core. You cannot dismiss the truth here." A couple of episodes later Patty ships her disobedient and rebellious son to a Reform Academy. He is snatched away kidnapping-style. She is all about efficiency and getting her way.
Can women have it all? No, they can't. Not, if they want a glorious career and "ideal" children. There is no such thing as an "ideal" child. They are humans, not dolls, and just as fallible as their parents. And the career? Please... there is always something.
What women can have are two zebras (if they are lucky!): white stripe is followed by the black one, and so on, and so forth. Ups and downs at work, good and bad times with kids - the hard life... and that's if no real tragedies happen.