We Summon You!
The next best thing to my own mom are the TV and movie moms I grew up knowing and loving as a kid. Woman who so strongly made an impression on how I should live my life, that their motto’s and lectures have not only stuck with me but are now shining through when it comes to my own style of motherhood. Some are humorous, some overbearing, some are young, some old-fashioned, some are religious, some business woman and others, stay-at-home moms. Even so these iconic onscreen mothers come together to create the ultimate handbook of life lessons for our children; the good, the bad and the ugly. Lessons for moms and more importantly lessons for kids.
Thanks to these matriarchs, our families will grow together.
To be smarter, stronger, kinder and more loving.
1. Prymaat Conehead from Coneheads. If you’ve been living under a rock for the past 26 years and have never seen this classic of the aliens who “come from France” – get your priorities straight. Under her alias Mary Margaret, momma Conehead is a walking encyclopedia for life lessons, for her daughter Connie. Not only because she’s protective of her offspring as a natural instinct but more importantly to safeguard her from human teenage boys. Biggest life lesson she shares with her daughter – essentially don’t put your sex ring on your head until you’re old enough, otherwise ladies, your body is a temple.
2. Karen Barclay aka the single mother from 1988’s classic Child’s Play. Catherine Hicks portrays a trying mom who just wants to please her son by getting him the ultimate birthday present. As luck would have it though the doll she buys cheap behind the mall from the homeless man with the carriage of goodies – is actually not a Good Guy but a doll now named Chucky who is a possessed soul of a serial killer. #1 lesson here, when it comes to your kids don’t take the cheap way out. If you buy cheap toys at the dollar store they break within minutes of arriving home. If you buy cheap diapers your baby’s bum develops diaper rash. If you buy batteries for your kids toys at Harbor Freight they’ll last a day. Just, spend your money well on the things that matter.
3. Mrs. March aka Marmee from Little Women is the queen of being the glue that holds a family together. One of my all time favorite movie (but book first!) mothers! The greatest lesson thats been instilled in me from Marmee is to be charitable, to always give back when you can. My daughters birthday is seven days before Christmas and rather than getting even more toys that we don’t necessarily need – we asked for donations for our local animal shelter. Its a selfless yet easy and inspiring thing for my girl to continue to do through her childhood and adult years.
4. Morticia Addams from The Addams Family. Whether played by Angelica Houston or Carolyn Jones, Mrs. Addams always kept her cool, no matter what Wednesday or Pugsley’s antics were. More importantly she taught her children to think outside the box and be kooky!
5. Lorelai Gilmore from Gilmore Girls. The young, hip and best friend of her daughter Rory, Lorelai sends countless messages to mother daughter relationships. Her ultimate memo though, moms should always be listened to and rarely questioned. Well this may not apply to her and Mrs. Emily Gilmore, but it does when it comes to her and Rory! As it should with every healthy mother daughter duo.
6. Roseanne Conner, formally from Roseanne and The Conners. Plain and simple, honesty and humiliation are important in life, especially with yourself.
7. Peggy Boggs from Edward Scissorhands. It doesn’t matter who you are. What you look life. If your father is rich but won’t buy you a car. If you continuously slam the door in her face when you’re trying to sell Avon, or if you have no hands or scissors for hands – Peg’s rule among compassion is acceptance and it’s not polite to stare.
8. The Other Mother aka the Beldam (meaning witch) from Coraline. Despite her stylish appearance and warm smile and tone (at first!), the other mother shows her true colors when Coraline starts to become defiant and stubborn because she won’t let buttons get sewn into her eyes. It’s a dark plot but it teaches a valuable lesson that unfortunately people can be two faced and you can’t trust everyone.
9. Kitty Forman from That 70’s Show. I’m not going to beat around the bush here… Kitty teaches us that it’s ok to have a freaking drink!
10. Sally Owens from Practical Magic. Growing up being bullied for “being different” and being referred to as a witch, well she dabbled in magic but it was said with a negative connotation! Sandra Bullock’s character tries to hide her family’s secrets with the hope that her children will be accepted and protected and not have to deal with the pain of other kids and the heartbreak magic can cause. As the story wraps up and the glamour ghouls jump off their roofs in uniform, we learn that you can’t protect your children from everything and you have to let them grow up and live.
Happy Mother’s Day Moms! Fiction or not you deserve recognition too.