the outlets right beneath the table. So she
shoved aside the table, took a knife and
made two slices in the rug so the cords
could reach the outlets more cleanly and
directly. Then she drove to work.
EVEN WITH ALL the family and work
obligations that Missy juggles, she still
manages to find time for friends. “She is
the friend everybody goes to with their
problems,” says Courtney, who remembers calling Missy late at night when she
and her husband were going through a
“Despite how incredibly busy she is,
she always had time for me as a friend,”
says Maria Leonard Olsen, a longtime
Bethesda Magazine contributor and
mother of two who has known Missy
for 14 years. “She’s intensely loyal, and
someone who my kids consider a sec-
Missy’s kids describe her as the “cool
mom,” always willing to allow friends
over for late-night pizza and a sleepover.
“All my friends, even coming home
from college, they’re like, ‘We want to
see your mom,’ ” Emily tells me during
a Thanksgiving visit home from college.
“Unlike a lot of my friends’ moms, she’s
able to be a friend as well as a mom.”
Emily remembers her mother tak-
ing care of high school friends who had
been drinking. “She would never judge
you. She would say, ‘I’m just here to
take care of you and make sure you’re
safe. That’s my job,’ ” Emily says. “My
friends never took advantage of that—I
never took advantage of that—you just
respected her more.”
Missy has always been maternal,
Courtney says, probably because she
lost her mother early, leaving a void
that Missy had to fill. She felt so respon-
sible for helping her stepfather care for
her teenage siblings, who are 12 years
younger than she is, that she and Scott
moved to Olney to be near them. They
lived there until the twins headed to col-
lege, then moved to Chevy Chase. Missy
remains close to her siblings, getting
together often with Jeff and his family,
who live in Gaithersburg. Jennie and her
family live in Austria, where her husband
is posted with the State Department.
In early December, Missy and Scott
flew to Austria to help Jennie fly home
for a visit after she said she was worried
about traveling alone with two toddlers.
The trip provided a rare opportunity for
Scott and Missy, who will celebrate their
20th anniversary this spring, to get away
together for a few days.
AT HOME, MISSY is “the general,” Scott
says. She schedules the carpools, doctors’ appointments and kids’ activities,
and sets the tone for the household.
“She’s not one to really ask for help.
It’s just not her nature,” says Scott, who
met Missy in law school and remembers
her as driven even then. “I certainly have