With the onset of Summer in the City comes the triumphant return of celebrity parents noodling around with their children on city playgrounds. There are a few that wear big floppy hats and shades and spend most of the time on their cell phones (thus calling attention to their desire not to call attention to themselves), but many like to chat about the same parenting neuroses that we Normals have.
Yesterday we met Molly Shannon, who was splashing around with her not-yet-2-year-old. She fits the role of mom very well--you'd hardly believe that she rose to stardom by smelling her armpits.
After I got home and looked up her IMDb profile, I learned that her mother and sister died in a car crash when she was four. And my heart broke a little.