Saturday, October 1, 2016

Random Fuzzy Weekend

Let's review

On 9/24 a relative, who I believe is her brother, told People, "Her family is broken and she is in agony," "Her children are recovering from the events that brought about the filing of the divorce."

On 9/30 sources close to her, possibly her divorce lawyer, told TMZ, "Angelina agreed with recommendation because her focus is to "heal" her family and her children."

TMZ (10/1) reports that she doesn't want Brad prosecuted.  That she "has a singular focus ... protecting her kids, not punishing Brad."


She wants to "heal" her "broken" family.   Healing anything that's broken means mending the parts back together.

The healing has apparently already started. 

And a fully healed family would mean....

Mom, Dad and kids living together.....right?

I haven't been able to come up with an alternate interpretation.

The best case scenario post-divorce is joint custody and that would still mean that the family has broken apart.  They would not be referred to as a single unit anymore.  They would no longer be a "family".

Yesterday, her team edited the original statement on TMZ from"her focus is to "heal" her family" to "her focus is to "heal" her family and her children" -- the point being that they are two distinct goals.   What she means by"heal her children" is straightforward.  Figuring out the meaning of "heal her family" is trickier owing to the fact that she filed for divorce.  But I really can't find any other way to interpret it other than that she wants the family to remain intact which obviously means she wants all of them to get back together as a family.  No outlet I've read has made any suggestion that a reconciliation is even possible and yet it is hard for me to ignore what seem to be fairly obvious hints.  But then you have to make an effort to study them and the sites are more interested in nuclear war.

It is important to bear in mind that everything that's being told to and reported by reputable outlets from sources close to them has been vetted.  There is a reason for the choice of every word, and every report such as TMZ's latest has a part in an overall strategy.  As we saw yesterday, Angelina's side objected to TMZ saying that she was "happy" with DCFS' recommendations.  They want to manage perceptions and expectations.  They both have experts in communications &/or crisis management and they are both very media savvy -- maybe her more than him.

After saying that she doesn't want Brad prosecuted, she reiterated that her "singular focus now" is "protecting her kids".  And at the moment, that means allowing them to "heal" and recover fully.   The recovery would have to come in steps.  A visit from Brad initially with a therapist present (which probably has already occurred), and then if everything goes well, visits alone.  And beyond that, the resumption of a normal, healthy relationship between father and kids.

Concurrently, Brad would have to get his act together.

And then, finally, a healed family.

Let's see how much progress they've made after three weeks.

-- Fussy

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