Saturday, May 8, 2010

Who's the Best Fictional Mom Out There?

Across the country this weekend, mothers will be opening envelopes that hold pastel cards with flowery writing, admiring flowers sent by a son who lives halfway across the country, and maybe even enjoying an afternoon at the spa courtesy of their husband and children. Mother's Day is upon us . . . have you called your mother today?

My three published novels--Lifetime Loser, Finish Line, and Tuey's Course--as well as my upcoming book, Opur's Blade, all feature at least one mom who may not be showered with gifts or one child who would never think to participate in the act of giving during this annual celebration of all things maternal. Let's just say that most of the characters I create will not be asked to pose for a Norman Rockwell painting anytime soon.

Along the same topic of fictional moms, who are some other characters who come to mind when you picture the ideal matriarch? Is it Claire Huxtable from The Cosby Show? How about Marmee, a strong woman who kept the four girls of Little Women together during wartime? Maybe even Marge Simpson is your perfect mom? Or do you go back to the days of June Cleaver and Donna Reed. How about Peg Bundy? Or maybe Archie Bunker's wife, Edith. The list goes on and on and on.

When thinking of characters from books, television, and film, you embodies the characteristics of the ideal mom for you? Let me know! And, Happy Mother's Day!!

1 comment:

The Absence of Alternatives said...

Lois, as portrayed by the underhyped Jane Kaczmarek, in Malcolm in the Middle. :-)