I have an SUV with third row seating because just getting to the grocery store is enough to make my kids bicker and annoy each other to literal tears. So the idea of taking them on a multi-month tour across the country while living in extremely tight quarters on a bus? LOL, I’ll take a Nope for $200, Alex.
But that is exactly why I tip my hat to Pink, who is turning out to be the world’s most audacious mom for bringing her two kids, 6-year-old Willow and 1-year-old Jameson, plus her husband, Carey Hart, to live on a tour bus with her.
In a recent interview with Redbook, the Grammy-nominated singer, wife, and mom of two opened up about how she views motherhood above her career.
When asked if she views her regular mom self and her stage self as two different people, Pink responded that no, she doesn’t, although “they’re both very tired.” Ha! I bet!
“I’ve never juggled so many damn plates in my life, but it’s because I want to,” said Pink. “I enjoy it.”
And those plates she is juggling? Yep, they include every aspect of child rearing.
“If I had nannies raising my kids and just wanted to be a rock star and party all the time, I wouldn’t be successful and I wouldn’t be happy,” she said.
But I’m still trying to wrap my head around the idea of cruising across the country with kids in tow. I mean, let’s face it, what mom wouldn’t be having something of a panic attack? But Pink doesn’t think of touring as a reason to panic. She sees it as an opportunity to model incredible feminine fierceness for her kids, and I am all over that. Besides, the singer has a plan for what to do when her career chafes at family life.
“When touring stops working for the kids, if they decide they just want to be home and have a normal life, whatever that means, I’ll stop, because they are by far the priority,” she told Redbook. “But I think it’s cool that they get to see their mom be the boss and work really freaking hard to realize a dream.”
So, what does Pink do when she is home from being on the road and needs some well-earned R&R? While I might go to Target to daydream about owning every single throw pillow in the home goods section, Pink goes to the local grocery store. For hours.
“After every tour the first thing I do is I get in my car and I go to the grocery store,” she said. “I walk up and down every aisle until it’s like, ‘Oh, I’ve been here for four hours!’ Then I go home and cook. I miss driving myself places and cooking the most.”
I totally get that. What mom hasn’t walked a little too slow or read all the labels on the shelf at the store in order to eek out some quiet alone time? I know I’m guilty.
Pink is showing moms — and girls — everywhere that it is totally okay to chase down your dreams and still have a family life. Sure, it may require some serious acrobatics, but it CAN be done.