WHEN I ASK Scott if he considers Missy
to be Supermom, he tells me: “It’s just
not believable that everything always
goes off without a hitch and she handles
everything so perfectly. She’s a wonder-
ful woman, but everybody reaches their
limit and we have a little reset.”
Missy knows that ultimately she can’t
totally control everything that happens
at work or at home.
“I love to put on a happy face and try
to make things fun and happy,” she says,
“but there are absolutely times when my
head is spinning around and the kids
can see it on my face when I walk in.
They do know to back off.”
She relieves the stress by socializing
with family and friends and having a glass
of wine or two. One Friday in late Septem-
ber, Missy and Scott stayed up past mid-
night, laughing and drinking as they cho-
reographed a dance routine to Don Henley
and Stevie Nicks’ 1981 hit, “Leather and
Lace,” to perform at an upcoming party.
Friday nights often find Missy throw-
ing an impromptu dance party with
Scott and the kids; the time together
helps her feel better about having to
miss school events because of work.
“That sounds kind of silly, but I feel like I
try,” she says. “Maybe I overcompensate
because I can’t be…I can’t be the perfect
mom. I want to be, but there’s just not
enough time, not enough hours.”
Her friend Sara Knoll describes Mis-
sy’s house as “a train station; there’s peo-
ple coming and going all the time.” A
Chevy Chase mother of two who works
for a communications firm in downtown
Bethesda, Sara met Missy eight years ago
when their daughters were trying out
for a soccer team. We’re talking at Star-
bucks on Connecticut Avenue in Chevy
Chase, where she and Missy have come
after finishing a 5-mile run on the Capi-
tal Crescent Trail.
“If I didn’t see how happy and con-
nected her family is, I would worry
more,” Sara says. But, she tells Missy, “I
feel that somehow you have the energy
to make it all work. I definitely worry
that you don’t get enough sleep. But
I never feel like: Oh, she’s working too
much and not home enough. Your house
is just like this happy place.”
A FEW NIGHTS before Halloween, I stop
by Missy’s “happy place.” She arrived
home from work at about 7 and is enjoying a glass of red wine with her mother-in-law, Dorothy Shetterly, who runs a
bed-and-breakfast in Purcellville, Va.,
and is visiting overnight.
Dishes of Margarita’s roast chicken
and mashed potatoes sit on the kitchen
table for Anna, who’s still at soccer practice. Scott has taken Scotty on a last-minute trip to buy a Halloween costume.
Missy has promised to wait for Anna
to carve pumpkins in between her homework and finishing a school project later
that night. Maggie flips through a book
of elaborate pumpkin designs, declaring
an intricate haunted house and a cat face
to be her favorites.
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