Back to the Park
The weather in L.A. has been so nice that Maya and I have been hitting up the park every day after school. It’s a win-win situation for all involved…she is entertained for at least an hour with minimal effort by me, and we both get some much-needed fresh air.
This week I decided to change things up by going to a park closer to home. The “new” park is better because they have more seating (imperative), it is cleaner (I haven’t seen any dirty socks lying around), and parking is better (always a plus in L.A.). But it still has its share of scary park moms, bratty kids in designer outfits, and something else I haven’t seen at the other park…paparazzi.
Maya and I were swinging on an enormous tire swing, just minding our own business, when all of a sudden we saw a man with a long-lens camera approach. Before I could wonder what he was doing, 5 more men with cameras appeared out of nowhere and started flashing away. Not even seconds later, there were 10 men taking pictures!
So I started looking around the nearly empty park (it was 5:30), trying to figure out who on earth they were taking pictures of, but I couldn’t find anybody out of the ordinary! Annoying kid stealing another annoying kid’s shovel? Check. Gorgeous mom in a very un-park like dress? Check. Baby having a meltdown over a fallen Ritz cracker? Check. An abundance of nannies? Check. Check. Check.
I was scanning away, not noticing anybody worthy of a swarm of paparazzi when all of a sudden I saw this little blonde girl playing in the sand a few feet away from us. So I look a little closer, and sitting next to her on the floor was someone who looked a little bit like Jessica Alba.
Today I Googled “Jessica Alba at the park,” found a whole bunch of pictures of their afternoon…
…and confirmed that it was in fact Jessica Alba. The weird thing was that in person she looked so young and normal! Had there not been a bunch of people taking her picture, I wouldn’t have even noticed her.
You can barely see them, but I took a picture of the paparazzi from my iPhone when Maya and I were leaving. By that time there were only a few photographers left and they seemed irritated that I was taking their picture.
A tiny bit ironic, yes?
I actually felt kind of sad that Jessica Alba couldn’t even go to the park without attracting a ton of attention. I especially felt kind of sorry for her little girl. I mean, I am guilty of looking at people.com as much as the next person, but who really wants to see pictures of a celebrity at the park?
What are your thoughts?