Second Time Around: Journalists Ed & Leslie Gordon Discuss How They Make Their Blended Family Work!
When two journalists tie the knot, you know one thing’s for sure: communication will not be a problem.
When entertainment and feature writer Leslie M. Gordon met her husband, popular broadcast journalist Ed Gordon, she wasn’t convinced she’d ever give marriage another try. Ed, who was also divorced at the time, was far more optimistic. He was covering the Disney Dreamer’s Academy with Steve Harvey and she was also working the event. “He saw me and followed me around Walt Disney World,” Leslie jokes. Ed says it was “kismet” for sure. “I definitely felt an attraction,” he adds. They hit it off famously and their children did too.
On What Made Each Other The Perfect Catch:
LESLIE GORDON: I think there was just an ease with which we worked with one another and communicated. We were very comfortable together and I personally felt a sense of closeness with Ed right away. Once our relationship developed, it just blossomed into love. He’s such a good partner to have and I fell very blessed.
ED GORDON: I’m not as deep as Leslie. (Laughs.) I wasn’t soured on marriage after my divorce. I think she maybe looked at that a little differently than I did. I never assumed that I wouldn’t be married again. I wasn’t out searching, but I didn’t think I wouldn’t be.
How Their Blended Family Has worked Out:
ED: If we had to look at our situation as the example, I couldn’t say it wasn’t easy. I think that is a real pat on the back for our kids. We really concerned ourselves with it, we thought about it and we talked to them about it. Then they looked at us like, you guys are sweating this far more than we are. I will say, from day one, once they knew we were getting married, they started acting as if they had been blood brother and sisters forever. I don’t want to minimize what it can be for other people, because it can be tricky, but I can only wish that people who blend families will deal with it the way our family has. Everybody just jumped onboard.
LESLIE: We have been so fortunate because our kids are very close and they’re just easy together. From day one, we said, “We’re not referring to each other as ‘step’ anything. We are brothers and sisters and dad and mom.” We really embraced the concept of a whole family. We take family time very seriously. Ed has been insistent upon having dinner together and having lots of family time, and that has worked very well for us.
You can check out the rest of the interview on Essence.com and it’s really a great interview.
Am I the only one who LOVED Ed Gordon back when he was on BET? I just KNEW I’d have a chance in a few years. You go, Leslie!