The breakthrough joke of Peacock‘s new comedy series Girls5eva has nothing to do with throwback pop music and everything about a specific kind of childhood found only in New York. “New York Lonely Boy” is an austere ode to the legions of only children raised in NYC. While it’s meant to be a cautionary story for Girls5eva‘s Dawn (Sara Bareilles), it had a different effect on me. Almost as soon as I finished chuckling at lines like “the Strand is his Disneyland,” I was overcome with a feeling I’ve been making an attempt to outrun my entire life. Girls5eva‘s “New York Lonely Boy” made my organic clock begin ticking.
Girls5eva follows 4 former pop stars — Wickie (Renée Elise Goldsberry), Summer (Busy Philipps), Gloria (Paula Pell), and the aforementioned Dawn — as they try to launch a comeback of their early 40s. Dawn is clearly essentially the most grounded of all of the members of Girls5eva. She lives in Queens the place she helps handle her household’s Italian restaurant and has a steady marriage to the sweetly supportive Scott (Daniel Breaker). In Girls5eva Episode 3, nevertheless, the one supply of actual stress in Dawn and Scott’s marriage emerges. Scott is gung-ho about conceiving one other youngster and Dawn is…apathetic. It’s solely when Gloria factors out that her son Max (Julius Concecaio) is a traditional “New York Lonely Boy,” that Dawn has to confront the the reason why she’s not as keen about getting pregnant once more.
Actually, that’s not fully true. It’s solely when Dawn begins noticing different “New York Lonely Boys” throughout a hilarious musical interlude that she begins to fret.
The fantastic thing about “New York Lonely Boy” is twofold. It’s an image good satire track, nevertheless it additionally digs into pervasive fears that quite a lot of girls have about motherhood. In Dawn’s case, she’s fearful that she’s elevating a son doomed to be peculiar. In mine? The undeniable fact that I haven’t even began having youngsters but and I possibly do wish to elevate a “New York Lonely Boy.”
For most of my life I’ve assumed that I might in the future be a dad or mum, however that I might wait till later in life, once I was financially steady and emotionally prepared. I actually was a “late in marriage” child and reaped the emotional advantages of my mother and father’ alternative. When I began off 2020 single, I wasn’t feeling down about it, however excited for the prospect of a 12 months of courting. Of course, the pandemic occurred, quarantining me alone in my condo for 14 months with solely my aged cat for firm. Friends and relations had pandemic infants. Even if I had a associate, I might have resisted this course (as a result of we had been residing in a pandemic, individuals!). However now over a full 12 months has passed by. The metropolis is reopening. I nonetheless dwell alone. I nonetheless love my life, my job, and my metropolis, however there’s this fear that one thing remains to be lacking from my life even when bars and film theaters have reopened.
“New York Lonely Boy” entered my life on the actual second once I was susceptible. I used to be questioning my life selections and starting to ponder what I wished to occur subsequent. Hell, I simply moved throughout the road from an elementary faculty the place I hear the giddy laughs of kids enjoying day-after-day. “New York Lonely Boy” didn’t hit my coronary heart like a cautionary story, however a future to be coveted. I might love to mom a cosmopolitan child with spiffy pants and a style for wasabi. I assume I might like to be a mother.
I’m totally conscious that I shouldn’t make enormous life choices primarily based on a 90 second joke track from a Peacock sitcom, however “New York Lonely Boy” has undoubtedly made me rethink my priorities for the following few years. Maybe I’ll turn into a mother. Maybe I gained’t! Either means, I’ll nonetheless have “New York Lonely Boy” caught in my head, gently teasing what could possibly be.