Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mother's Day!!!

This'll be a short post, seeing as I should devote much of today honouring the mother of my two kids and perhaps spending a little time on the teley with me own mum. I thought I'd throw out a little question about great fictional moms. It's probably pretty easy to think of a lot of terrible moms in literature, but how about the good ones? Any particularly good mom's that stick out?

I've racked my brains but all I could come up with are:

1. Reta from Unless by Carol Shields- Her daughter takes up panhandling on the streets of Toronto. Reta struggles to come to terms with it and tries help her daughter out in any way she can, even if it means backing off.

2. Donna from Cujo by Stephen King- Trapped in a car with her son Tad, she risks her life to save her son (though unsuccessfully) from a rabid dog and a sweltering heat.

I'm hoping someone else can come up with more and better examples, though I suspect I'll hear back about a lot of books I've never heard of, or worse, classics that I've missed.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

Good question, John. I'll have to do some more thinking on this, but at this point I can recommend A Star Called Henry. There are two rather extraordinary mothers in that book - his grandmother who is a bigger bibliiophile than you are (but reads only books by women) and his wife who leaves him with the baby and goes off to fight the British.
Okay, maybe these are not the best examples of motherhood per se, but they sure are memorable.

John Mutford said...

Barbara, it's funny. I can probably think of more books with bibliophiles than I can with positive mothers! Freud, what do you make of all this?

Dale said...

There was a book on our family bookshelf many years ago I believe was called 'Kerry' by who I'm not sure. Over and over the line was repeated 'she's the only little mother you'll ever have' or something to that effect. This means little in relation but I did use the word mother!

Bybee said...

How about Marmee from Little Women? Unlike other mothers of her era, she wasn't pressuring Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy to find husbands. She actually said something to the effect of "better happy spinsters than unhappy wives."

John Mutford said...

Dale, That quote sounds familiar somehow. I've never read or heard of that book, I wonder if it was turned into a movie under a different name or something.

Bybee, Little Women is one of those classics that I still haven't read. After posting this entry, I searched the internet to see if the topic had been covered before. I did find one article that addressed the lack of good moms in literature. They did mention Marmee as an exception.