The first time I saw Mona Lisa Smile, it was years after it's release in 2003. It was probably only months after I resigned from my marketing posistion to stay home with my children in early fall of 2006. I remember having mixed feelings as the story line progressed, wondering if it was only about women who were encouraged to pursue a professional career by Julia Robert's character.
Then...I saw this scene...and I had tears:
"I know exactly what I'm doing and it doesn't make me any less smart."
There are often movie lines or scenes that stand out to us. This one has stood out to me for years. She articulates how I feel when I think about the fact that I did work hard to earn a bachelor's degree, work in my desired field, and then put it all aside to devote all of myself to my family. And it doesn't make me any less smart.
"She watches over the affairs of her household..." Proverbs 31:27
As I watched this scene several times after I finally found it on YouTube, I kept thinking, "Does Julia Robert's character really get it?" Do people like her really get it? I don't know. But that can't keep me from doing what I'm doing.
I love that scene.
*It's a 10-minute set, but it's only the first two minutes that capture what I'm talking about.
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