Many of us celebrated Mother's Day yesterday, and this awwww mother quote comes from Washington Irving: "A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavour by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts."
Very sweet, but we all know that books—and life—are filled with crazy, unfit mothers. Here are several which appear on many “bad mother” lists:
Gertrude (Hamlet, by William Shakespeare)
Charlotte Haze (Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov)
Beth Jarrett (Ordinary People, by Judith Guest)
Margaret White (Carrie, by Stephen King)
Ingrid Magnussen (White Oleander, by Janet Fitch)
Mother (Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, by Jeanette Winterson)
Deirdre Burroughs (Running With Scissors, by Augusten Burroughs)
Mary Lee Johnston (Push, by Sapphire)
But have heart! There are many portrayals of good mothers, too, even though they get less mention than the bad ones. For example:
Molly Weasley and Lily Potter (The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling)
Caroline Ingalls (The Little House on the Prairie series, by Laura Ingalls Wilder)
Margaret March (Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott)
Reta Winters (Unless, by Carol Shields)
Katie Nolan (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith)
Helen O’Mara (February, by Lisa Moore)
Ma (Room, by Emma Donoghue)
Then there are the mothers in Jodi Picoult’s books, which are in a whole complicated class by themselves. And I have to mention two of my favorite animated mothers: Marge Simpson, and Helen Parr (aka Elastigirl from the Pixar movie The Incredibles).
If you miss April’s A to Z blog hopping, here is a list of bloggers participating in this month’s May Mom Blog Hop.
Who are your favorite/least favorite moms to read about or watch?